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Over 20,000 young people across Essex have now received guidance and advice around the dangers of knife crime, thanks to a leading project run by Colchester United's Football in the Community programme.

The U's 'United Against Knife Crime' project was funded by the Home Office and is now currently being delivered around different schools and colleges by the scheme’s coaches.

Having also been endorsed by Essex Police, 'United Against Knife Crime' has helped to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife, broadened understanding of the potential links between knife crime and gangs through County Lines and explores the impact the glorification it has on social media and in music.

Olivia Solanke, the programmes new lead said: “Our United Against Knife Crime programme has made amazing progress since it launched in early 2018 and we can’t wait for it to reach even more young people.”

“Although Colchester may not be in a big city location, the influence of serious violence and knife crime through county lines is something we have seen prevalent throughout our towns in Essex.”

“Our project aims to keep up with complex issues that surround this subject and educate our participants on how to be aware and stay safe.”

“Alongside the support from Essex Police and other various partners, we are looking forward to continuing to expand our delivery to reach more class rooms in the future.”

“If through our delivery we can raise awareness, educate and change attitudes towards knife crime and carrying a knife, then this will be a huge positive step towards a safer future.”

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Colchester United Football in the Community are delivering their United Against Knife Crime programme in Schools and to Community Groups, where these sessions can be delivered as classroom workshops or as assemblies and can be tailored to fit the timings required.

Please email Olivia.solanke@colchesterunited.net if you have any enquiries about our programmes or complete your booking.