On Saturday, November 16 the annual Youth Football Tournament took place at Yermasoyia Sports football centre under the banner of 'police and youths against violence at sporting events'.
More than 500 players took part in the event, which is organised by the SBA Police in cooperation with the Pancyprian Football Players Association, to highlight the problem of violence at sporting events and the effects of hooliganism.
The tournament also attracted over 1,000 spectators and was played under the auspices of the Minister of Education, Kyriakos Kenevezos and many other VIPs from the Republic of Cyprus and the SBAs attended.
Commander British Forces Cyprus, Major General Richard Cripwell was the special guest and he presented the medals and trophies to the participants.
During the course of the event, all those taking part watched a video on violence and hooliganism highlighting the effects it has and they participated in a special session delivered by SBA Police officers and a member of the Pancyprian Football Association.
The youngsters were also given the opportunity to have their photos taken with some of the stars of the Cypriot Premier League.
WSBA Deputy Divisional Commander George Kiteos said: "Today's event was a great success with the participation of many football academies and youths island-wide. Through the tournament, we successfully passed the message of 'fair play' amongst the youths who participated.
Further to this, they were educated as to the consequences and effects of violence in sporting events. I would like to thank the Pancyprian Football Association who supported our efforts in various effective ways and also the Commander British Forces Cyprus for supporting the SBA Police by attending the tournament and for making the presentations.
"The efforts of the police with regards to prevention and awareness, particularly of youths, will continue in order to ensure a better and safer society. Today was a celebration for the children through their favourite game and they received the correct messages and they had the opportunity to see the real face of the police."