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Bexley gay football team play against the police

PUBLISHED: 09:57 19 May 2011

Bexley Invicta FC playing Bexley Borough Police FC

Bexley Invicta FC playing Bexley Borough Police FC

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»Bexley’s first ever gay football team lost 3-0 to the police in a match over the weekend which is set to become an annual event.

Officers from Bexley Police were presented with the Aslie Pitter Trophy after winning the game against the newly- formed Bexley Invicta FC.

It took place on Sunday at the Welling United Football Ground and was intended to enforce the work the police are doing to engage with LGBT groups in the area.

Bexley Invicta FC was formed in January and is the only gay-friendly football team in south-east London and Kent.

Team captain Brian Silk, who started the club, said: “Despite the result, this was an enjoyable day for the club.

“The game was played in good spirit by both sides. Football is a great way of breaking down barriers and building relationships.

We look forward to playing against the Bexley police side in the return match, for this trophy, next year.”

The trophy is in recognition of Aslie Pitter who was awarded an MBE in January for tackling homophobia through football after forming Stone-well FC 20 years ago.

Detective Superintendent Darren Williams said: “As a first game I think it is absolutely fantastic, what is even more significant for me is the police officers here - all in their own time - all doing this because they care about the community that they police.

“We are committed to working with people from all areas of our community and this is just one of the things that I commit to doing whilst I am here as the person in charge of operational policing.

“I really look forward to this as an annual event”.

Bexley Invicta FC is open to all residents, regardless of sexuality, ability or experience, who want to play football in a gay-friendly setting.

For more information go to: www.bexleyinvictafc.com

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