First Dom Doyle Memorial Match Kicks Off Partnership to Tackle Knife Crime
Thursday 11th August 2016 14:29 Denton & Audenshaw News Posted by Tom Greggan

The inaugural Dom Doyle memorial football match was played at the weekend to kick of a new partnership between Dom Doyle FC and the Manchester United Foundation.

Dom Doyle FC was set up a year ago by Dom’s family and friends in honour of the 21-year-old Denton lad who was stabbed to death last year.

And they ran out 9-4 winners against the Man United Foundation, in the game which was played at their new home for the forthcoming season, Whittles Park in Denton.

The match, which is to become an annual event, was just the start of the partnership.

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Jack Holland, DDFC player, said: “We’re now working with the MU Foundation to set up a campaign; ‘Save a Life, Bin the Knife’, and we’ve managed to organise a memorial game once a year with them, in Dom’s honour.

“Obviously, a lot of people will know about Dom’s case and what happened on that dreadful night. We created a football team in his memory and we’ve been going for a year now. It’s a family club that has been just so welcoming, and to create something positive out of something so negative is beyond belief.”

The ‘Save a Life, Bin the Knife’ campaign will see Dom Doyle FC help to deliver knife crime awareness workshops to young people across Manchester through the MU Foundation’s Street Reds Project.

The Foundation also donated training gear to Dom Doyle FC as they embark on their second season in the Tameside League.

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Dawn Bracegirdle, Manchester United Foundation Community cohesion manager said: “Manchester United Foundation’s Street Reds project is a youth engagement programme that offers young people across Greater Manchester the opportunity to play football in safe spaces with a team of dedicated coaching staff that create an environment for participants to discuss community issues that affect them.

“Knife crime is a real issue for young people in the City and organisations like ours who work directly with young people have a duty of care to share the risks and consequences of such behaviour with young people. Young people can then be better informed to make positive choices in their own lives.

“Dom Doyle FC is an inspirational group of people who lost someone they loved to a crime that was avoidable and the story of what happened to Dom is a powerful deterrent to any young person that is considering a carrying a knife for any reason.

“Working together on a programme of Street Reds workshops is an obvious way to get this powerful message across and we are in admiration of the young men from Dom Doyle FC who want to give up their time to work with young people to share their experience in the hope that the tragedy of what happened to Dom might be avoided in the future.”

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Dom’s aunty, Elaine Healey, said: “The Dom Doyle Memorial Football Match was an amazing success. We had a great turn out and fantastic support from the community.

“During the match our players urged Dom’s dad, Jay Doyle to put on a DDFC shirt and play in the second half, which he did, and scored

“Every Man Utd player went over to Jay to shake his hand and it was a proud, emotional moment for us all, especially for the Doyle Family and Dom’s friends.

“The Foundation are looking forward to coming back next year to do it all again.”