Work in the Community

Knives Lose Lives bib

Project Zao was launched by Derbyshire Constabulary in 2015 in partnership with education providers and councils across the county with the aim of preventing knife crime.

PC Paul Trussell and PCSO Andrea Thompson from the Derby East LPU joined forces to organise a junior football tournament for Year 6 students from 12 local primary schools to raise awareness of Project Zao. The football games are held every Wednesday between 4pm and 5pm at Powerleague in Pride Park, Derby. The tournament will run from Wednesday 23rd January to Wednesday 10th April with an awards ceremony on Friday 12th April, also held at Powerleague. The winning team will be presented with the Community Engagement Champions Cup and all pupils who have taken part in the tournament will be invited to Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium where they will be given a tour of the stadium and the chance to watch the match.

The junior football league has led to PC Paul Trussell and PCSO Andrea Thompson giving a presentation to a group of 18-25 year olds taking part in the FA Junior Football Leaders Award as well as Nick Hunt, Head of Serious Violence Unit at the Home Office.

L.E.A.D. IT Services are very proud to support Project Zao and the Knives Lose Lives initiative alongside Powerleague Derby, Gallery 5 and Derby County Community Trust.

L.E.A.D. IT Services has supported Mickleover Sports FC Under 16s Girls since 2018. We enjoy watching them take on rival teams in the local area and have supported the team by purchasing their latest kit for them.

We occasionally play against them in charity matches where both our team and Mickleover Sports FC Under 16s Girls team raise money for our chosen charities.

We are proud to support local schools and hope our partnership with Mickleover Sports FC Under 16s Girls continues long into the future.