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Bedford cohesion


On the 5th of July 2015, the Bedford African & Caribbean Forum (BACF), a charity based in Bedford, announced the launch of the Community Cohesion Cup. The inaugural event was held at AFC Kempston Rovers’ Football Grounds in Kempston from 1-4pm. The 5-aside football tournament was based on the 2TouchRulz™ (2TR) football approach and was co-hosted by BACF and Bedfordshire Police to promote community cohesion through the power of football. The tournament featured teams from Bedfordshire Police and the Bedford & surrounding areas communities and was supported by BACF, Bedfordshire Police, 2TouchRulz, Kick it Out, the Bedfordshire FA and Sport England. The 2TR football game, which originated in London in 2007, has been designed to develop young players of all abilities and embraces and leverages team work, communication and work rate. Carl Perri, Community Cohesion and Crime Reduction Officer with Bedfordshire Police, said “The 2TR community cohesion programme is about more than just football. It uses scenarios young people face in real life to help develop positive behaviour and empower everybody who takes part. I am delighted that Bedfordshire Police are working with our communities to help launch 2TR in Bedford with the Community Cohesion Cup.”

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