Hackney football club to play against celebrities in anti knife crime match

A football match tackling the issue of knife crime

A match tackling the issue of knife crime. Pic: Hackney Wick FC

A Hackney football club is set to play against a team of celebrities in a match to highlight the knife crime in London.

Hackney Wick Football Club will put a team up to play against an all-star celebrity line-up including several rappers and Hip-Hop artists such as Dave, Not3s, soul singer Don E and others on June 29 at London Marathon Community Track.

Bobby Kasanga, founder of Hackney Wick FC said: “The knife crime rate in London is spiralling out of control. The youths need to be inspired by their role models.

“Enough is enough and we want to raise this issue that’s destroying our communities.”

All proceeds earnt from the match will go back into the services that Hackney Wick FC runs in the community.

HWFC is a community football club that has 15 male and female teams, from under 7s through to adults.

They formed in April 2015 and through their charity work they seek to battle the dangers of youth violence and crime through education, sports, entrepreneurship, apprenticeships and access to work.

The number of knife-inflicted injuries on the under 20s has increased in the years 2012 and 2016- there were 957 victims in 2012, while in 2016 that figure increased by nearly 30% to 1,234.

The age which saw the biggest increase in injuries was 18, which rose by 44%.

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