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College unites through basketball to promote anti-knife crime message

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A group of students from a college in Suffolk used the power of sport to promote an anti-knife crime message.

The learners from Suffolk New College organised a ‘staff v students’ basketball match this week.

The game took place at Suffolk New College Sports Centre in Ipswich and a representative from St Giles Trust was in attendance to help spread an anti-knife crime message before the start of the game.

In addition to this, a small sum of money was also raised for St Giles Trust to help them with their work. (St Giles Trust is a charity using expertise and real-life past experiences to empower people who are not getting the help they need).

Hayley Rigby (SNC) And Arianna Mallett (St Giles Trust) At The Anti Knife Crime Basketball Match

Arianna Mallett is an SOS class facilitator and mentor for St Giles trust – working one to one with young people who are at risk or vulnerable to gang activity, knife crime, sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation. She also delivers preventative assemblies to the local community. Arianna said: “What the students did is fantastic. It (knife crime) has become a massive problem and it’s amazing to see young people taking responsibility like this and promoting an anti-crime message.”

In terms of advice for young people Arianna added: “I think it’s important to point out that the gang culture people see in the media is a glamourisation of that lifestyle for entertainment – and also carrying a knife actually makes you more at risk of being injured – it doesn’t make you safer.”

Takz Maturure Was The Student Coach Of This Basketball Match And Thinks Knife Crime Is 'not Cool'

Takz Maturure, 17, from Ipswich was the coach of the student team. The level two body work and paint student said: “I think it’s important for the youth to play sports to stay off the streets and find a place to distract them from the bad things that may be going on in their environment. It (playing sport) is therapy and gives people clarity and peace. My advice to other young people is to say that knife crime is not cool. Don’t feel pressured and avoid it at all costs.”

Hayley Rigby is a progress tutor at Suffolk new College. She also coaches basketball and worked with students to set up the game. Hayley said: “I strongly believe that sport can be a positive escape, to build a support network so that you don’t enter a lifestyle surrounded by crime.”

Hayfar Azeez And Wilson Fernandes At The Basketball Match Hosted By Suffolk New College

Hayfar Azeez, 17, from Ipswich is on an art and design course. Hayfar said; “Knife crime is like a cancer – it’s dangerous – and it’s not worth getting involved in it.”

Wilson Fernandes, 17, from Ipswich is on a catering and hospitality course. Wilson said: “Knife crime needs to stop.”

Alan Pease playing basketball with SNC learners

Alan Pease is the CEO and Principal of Suffolk New College who hadn’t played basketball for over a decade. Alan said: “Our aim is to keep people safe both inside and outside of the classroom and teach our students to be good citizens – so – I’m really impressed by the students and staff and I was delighted to lend my support to this fantastic campaign.”

Posted 28 March 2024