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Charity football match to honour CC Simon Cole

A charity football match is being held in memory of former Chief Constable Simon Cole.

A pair of Midlands forces are sending out their top players for a charity football game in memory of Leicestershire’s former Chief Constable.

West Midlands and Leicestershire will play on 1 May at the West Midlands Police training centre, Tally Ho, Pershore Road,Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Kick of is at 5pm and tickets are £5 on the gate.

Proceeds will go to the charity Care of Police Survivors (UK COPS) which supports families of officers who have lost their lives on duty.

Mr Cole was a trustee of the charity, an avid sports fan and he helped develop police sports team.

Sgt Ben Westwood, Head of WMP’s Honour Guard, said: “Please show your support to UK COPS even if you can't make it to the match.”

The game was organised following the death of Chief Constable Simon Cole just days after he retired from the force.

The announcement of his death shocked officers across all ranks and was quickly followed by a wave of tributes from forces across the country.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council paid tribute: “Simon was a tireless advocate for Police Sport UK. He was a keen tennis player and chaired PSUK Tennis for 12 years. He became Chair of British Police Cricket in 2017, and the same year became Chair of the British Police Men's Rugby Section.”  

He was also a coach and vice-president of Oadby Wyggestonian rugby club.

For those who can’t attend, they make a direct donation to COPS and put CC Cole in the name box HERE.

In a statement shortly after his death, Mr Cole’s wife Jo said: “Our hearts are broken at the loss of Simon. He had a huge energy for life and everything he did was about making things better for people.”

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