Ian Pendry, Met Police FC’s club development officer, is a retired police officer and explains that the club no longer have police officers in their squad: “We were a works team. We’re now a community team. We want to get ourselves out in to the community.
“It’s difficult. We’re in the middle of Surrey and we don’t belong to a town, but now we have this fantastic junior section so hopefully they’ll come and support us today.
“We will enjoy this today. It’s been massively hard work for a lot of volunteers. I’ve been up in the gantry, cutting trees!”