Welsh Premier Champions The New Saints FC are backing a national anti-knife crime campaign, led by Shropshire’s British Ironwork Centre, that aims to deter youths from carrying and using knives or other weapons.
TNS FC will be showing its support when Birmingham City FC travels to Park Hall, Oswestry for a pre-season friendly match on 6th August as part of both teams’ preparation for the new season. Both clubs will be wearing British Ironwork Centre’s “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” campaign t-shirts during their pre-match warm up.
Kenny Anthonisz, British Ironwork Centre’s campaign spokesman, said: “We would like to thank both clubs for their enthusiastic support for our anti-knife crime campaign. The match will be attended by all of the Centre’s staff, also wearing campaign t-shirts, together with many of the families whose lives have been so tragically affected by knife crime. We hope that the people of Oswestry will join us and show their support.”
The Centre’s campaign team were delighted to receive public endorsement from both clubs, feeling that sports stars and football players in particular are ideally placed to reach out to the young people towards whom the campaign is aimed.
Craig Harrison, TNS FC manager, said: “British Ironwork Centre’s Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife campaign is a brilliant initiative and one that both myself and everyone associated with The New Saints Football Club is fully behind.”
The former Premier League defender added that, “We are also looking forward to promoting the scheme even further when we host Birmingham City at Park Hall Stadium on Wednesday, August the 6th.”
The match will kick off at Park Hall Stadium at 7.45pm.