Police take on Army in match to remember Manchester Arena victims including Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
A Northumbria police officer is leading the national women's team in a special match to remember South Shields couple Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry and all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack.
Chloe, 17 and Liam, 19, were among 22 people killed in the attack on May 22, 2017.
Detective Sergeant Michelle Gregory, from the Force’s Safeguarding Department, is manager of the UK Police s women's team and has arranged the special game at Hyde United Football Club in Manchester on Thursday, June 17, when the team will take on the UK Armed Forces women's team.
Paul Hett, whose son Martyn tragically lost his life in the attack has donated the trophy for the winners.
Det Sgt Gregory said: “The devastating impact of the Manchester bombing affected us all so it felt right to organise this event and pay our respects not only to our police colleagues, but to those who tragically lost their lives.
"Sport is a really important part of policing. It promotes physical fitness, a sense of belonging, working together as a team, leadership, and a little bit of healthy competition - all traits we need as police officers.
"We are so grateful we that we can finally go ahead with the National Camp where we will play three competitive fixtures in three days against Huddersfield Town, Fylde and the memorial, which will take place before the final UK Armed forces fixture.”
Manager Michelle will be joined by defender Abbie Young, who is a Detective Constable at Northumbria’s Secondary Investigation Unit.
She said: "This is an excellent opportunity for us to get back into sport and pay our respects to those who have lost their lives. We are very close as a team and know only too well how an incident like this can tragically affect so many people.
"So we look forward to being back with our football family and taking on our good friends in the Armed Forces.”
As well as Chloe and Liam, Philip Tron and his partner’s daughter Courtney Boyle, from Gateshead, also died.
The game will be live streamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ForcesTV/