Police firearms charity told it cannot sponsor Chatteris Town's youth team

Police firearms charity told it cannot sponsor Chatteris Town's youth team

6/11/2021 8:37:00 PM

Police firearms charity told it cannot sponsor Chatteris Town's youth team

The Police Firearms Officers' Association is told its name is not suitable for a youth football team.

The Police Firearms Officers' Association wanted to sponsor Chatteris FC's under-15sA charity has been told it cannot sponsor an under-15 football team because it has the word "firearms" in its name.The Police Firearms Officers' Association (PFOA) wanted to buy new kit for Chatteris Town FC's youth team.

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But Cambridgeshire FA said regulations deemed the sponsorship "detrimental to the welfare, health or general interest of young persons".Mark Williams, from the PFOA, said he was "disappointed" by the decision.The charity supports police officers involved in firearms operations and their families.

It is based in Chatteris and also runs the Museum of Armed Policing in the town.'Not in line with regulations'Mr Williams, the charity's chief executive, said after approaching the club about sponsorship the offer was "rejected" by Cambridgeshire FA, headtopics.com

."This was on the basis that our name has firearms in it," he said.Mr Williams said the charity was "keen to engage with the local community, particularly young people, to help educate and inform them about the dangers of guns and knives".

He said he was "bitterly disappointed about the FA's decision, but coming from a disciplined background we appreciate and respect rules".image captionThe Police Firearms Officers' Association runs the Museum of Armed Policing in Chatteris

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