Town soccer stars help new police plans
THEY'RE set to be the 'must have' for any young Huddersfield Town fans.
But police hope a special set of cards bearing photos of the fans' heroes will have a much deeper impact.
For the police have teamed up with Town to promote community safety.
And they hope to be on the ball with young football fans.
Police officers have joined forces with Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership and Town to produce a set of collector cards and an interactive CD-ROM.
Several of the Town players - fresh from Tuesday night's triumph at Rotherham - took the chance to launch the scheme at the Galpharm Stadium.
It has been developed from the force's successful Give It a Try scheme. This produces and distributes rugby league collector cards.
Now the Town scheme will help deliver important safety and lifestyle messages to young people via the cards.
Each card features a different player and a different message about crime prevention or personal safety.
The cards will be available to young fans attending Town games at the Galpharm.
The CD-ROMs will be made available to schools in Kirklees via the Town's Football in the Community Programme.
There are 15 cards to collect, displaying players including Chris Brandon, Danny Schofield, Andy Booth and Luke Beckett.
The CD-ROM contains pictures of the player cards, displays the messages for each and has video footage of the players talking about them.
The police's community safety project officer, Troy Daniels, said: "Since the start of our rugby league collector card scheme in 2000 we've found that they are extremely popular with the young people of West Yorkshire.
"The cards' community safety messages are always well received by young people and their parents.
"We're happy to be able to produce the same high-quality collector cards for Town's young supporters and to include new and exciting developments like the CD-ROM."
Town spokesman David Sykes said: "Football plays a vital role in the community and it is important, as a club, that we get involved in schemes like this to help promote crime prevention and safety."