St Margaret’s 20 v 0 Whitefield - Tuesday 7 May 2013
It was a one sided fixture this week in the Anfield Mini League as St Margaret’s were in fine form to beat Whitefield. This game will live long in the memory for the St Margaret’s players; it will also do wonders for their goals difference in the overall table.
For Whitefield this was a crushing defeat, but they walked away from this with their heads held high. Despite the result, the players displayed fantastic courage and a desire to compete against their older and bigger opponents.
A stunning first half performance from St Margaret’s, James Hammill and Rhys McCarthy in particular, saw them build up a healthy 8-0 lead at the half time interval. The second half began in the same fashion and thanks to a fantastic display by super sub, Annabel Yardley, St Margaret’s continued to increase their lead.
With all that said, it would be fitting to end this match report with praise to Whitefield. They certainly showcased their amazing attitudes which I’m sure made everyone back at their school proud.
MOTM: Annabel Yardley
As part of the Liverpool FC Foundation's continued support of 'on-duty' and ex-service personnel, in April, four of our Foundation coaches delivered Soccer coaching Clinics in Cyprus. This was a return visit for the Foundation coahces who had visited RAF Akrotiri in 2012.
Coaches were based at two locations on the island including RAF Akrotiri and the Army base in Dheklia. Both bases accommodate families of those men and women 'on active duty' in Afghanistan.
Children aged 8-16 years were given hints and tips on how to improve their game. Our coaches encouraged everyone to take part and have some fun. On the final day both bases were brought together to hold a Foundation football tournament, giving everyone the opportunity to play together in a competitive competition.
Each child recived a small gift and extra prizes were given to those who had shown extra special effort on the day.
Eddie Sullivan one of the Foundation Coaches summed the week up ‘Having the opportunity to deliver coaching out in Dheklia and Akrotiri was a great experience for me. I have a lot of respect for our troops and it was great to give something back to the families based in Cyprus.’
Other quotes from some of the young people taking part ''I like football, but I’ve never been good at it. The coach said I was playing in the wrong position. So he put me on the wing. I scored for the first time ever. I found out I can play loads better now, in fact - I’m Good'' Female aged 12
''I have smoked since I was 11 and stopped because of the Liverpool week. I loved it and because I never smoked - I will never do it again. I feel better, fitter and happier and I didn’t want to smoke during the training I was given as I was having too much fun. Thanks Liverpool. PS - my dad's pleased too'' Male aged 15
''My teenage son is a typical stroppy teenager. It has been difficult at home most days for so long - and yes I know that’s normal, but during the Liverpool week, he was up before anyone, ready to go, smiley, happy, chatty and at the end of each day, excited to tell us how it had gone. He was a child again having fun and life at home was great for me too. SO thank you for a magical, exciting, fantastic week. You made a teenager very happy and his mum and dad too'' Parent of attending child
For the Foundation this is exactly what matters, making a difference no matter how small.
The British Force Service Youth Service has also very kindly donated funds to the Liverpool FC Foundation to support our Military Veteran’s Programme back home in Liverpool.
In December 2012, Liverpool was named one of the worst cities in the country for alcohol abuse for the third successive year. Given that Liverpool has some of the highest rates of alcohol related hospital admissions in the country, we need to take control our unhealthy habits and create a healthier and happier city.
In order to tackle these horrifying figures, the Liverpool FC Foundation Men’s Health programme, funded by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group & People’s Postcode Trust offers a citywide initiative that encompasses a series of 8 week men’s health courses, workplace interventions, drop in sessions, cycling initiative, weight management ‘Drop a Shirt’ programme, LFC NHS health trainer support, dad’s and lad’s football coaching, educational opportunities as well as veterans football sessions.
Throughout the 8 week Men’s Health courses we’re dedicated to encouraging men to adopt healthier lifestyle choices that will help in aiming for a healthy and longer life. We work with local men to help raise awareness of the health issues men face such as nutrition, alcohol awareness, stress management and self esteem, as well as offering encouragement and support to put new skills and knowledge into practice!
Many people think they’re drinking within safe limits but when we really take the time to look properly at what we’re consuming after a bad day at work or during a quick trip to the local with some friends we’d be shocked at the findings. Regularly drinking beyond the recommended guidelines can affect your health and you may not notice these changes until it is too late. People who regularly drink twice the recommended amount will increase their chances of getting a wide range of serious illnesses such as liver problems, high blood pressure, increased risk of some cancers and heart attacks.
Working with the What’s Yours? campaign we help Liverpool’s population to have a healthier relationship with alcohol. Let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a drink, it’s how much and how often we enjoy it that’s important. After all, drinking alcohol is an essential part of many people’s social life. However, drinking too much puts your health at risk and can have a negative impact on those around you.
You’ve all heard of the term ‘Unit’ but what does it really mean? A unit tells us how much alcohol is present in drink. Knowing how many units there are in your drinks helps you to keep track of how much alcohol you are drinking so you can reduce the risks to your health. In order to drink sensibly we must be aware of our limits, it’s recommended that men drink no more the 3-4 units a day and that women have no more than 2-3 units a day.
We know trying to get your head around units is a lot, especially when you consider a can of normal strength lager as one drink but it’s actually two units. Confusing I know! So, what we suggest is that you familiarise yourself with the drinks you usually have so you can easily keep track of your intake without having to remember the unit equivalent for every drink in the bar. This diagram will tell you how many units are in the most popular drinks.
Now there are two things you must remember, firstly try to have at least two alcohol free days each week to give your liver a break from alcohol, and secondly, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, you cannot save all your units up for the weekend and have a 'good session'. This is then classed as binge drinking; this usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time. The amount of alcohol someone needs to drink in a session for it to be classed as binge drinking has been identified by the NHS and Office of National Statistics as 'drinking more than double the daily recommended units of alcohol in one session'.We don’t want to worry you, just merely prompt some changes in the way you view and use alcohol.
If you’ve ever been concerned about yourself, friend or loved one there’s a simple quiz that you can do to see how your drinking could be affecting your health. Simply check out this link to complete the questions and find out your results.
Should you need to make some changes, don’t worry, you don’t need to go it alone, we have some excellent tips. By setting yourself small, achievable goals you can accomplish big changes. Here are some top tips to help reduce your alcohol intake:
• Try to have two alcohol-free days per week
• Try to make every other drink a soft drink or water
• Familiarise yourself with the units associated with your usual tipple
• If you are out drinking don’t buy in 'rounds' – drink at your own pace
• Choose a drink that is lower in strength (ABV) than you normally drink
• Avoid ‘topping-up’ your glass so you can keep track of your units
Why not give them a try. You’ve got nothing to lose and a lot to gain!
For more information about our Men’s Health programme or Liverpool alcohol services please contact: Christine on 07999 857 272 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St Matthews 13 v 4 Anfield Juniors
This week's fixture in the Anfield Mini League saw St Matthews tackle Anfield Juniors in the Anfield Sports & Community Centre. It was another engaging encounter between two committed teams and the football wasn't bad either!
St Matthews started the game like a house on fire, with Marcus Snell and Ryan Rooney, cousin of Wayne, banging them in front. Their football was truly mesmerising at times, with one touch football and fantastic movement by all players contributing to this.
Anfield Juniors where finally awoken mid way through the first half, Harry Cassidy scoring them a consolation.
On to the second half, and business as usual for St Matthews as the goals continued to fly in. This was a truly brilliant display by them, and is surely up there with the stand out performances of the mini league so far this year.
As the game approached the full time whistle, Anfield Juniors again scored a couple more courtesy of Matthew Woods and Ryan Hampson, but this did little to overshadow what turned out to be St Matthew’s day.
MOTM: Josh O’Brien
Tuesday 16th April
St Michaels 9 v 8 St Margaret’s
The Anfield Mini League was back in action this week after the Easter half term, with St Michaels and St Margaret’s competing for a much needed 3 points. The Anfield Sports & Community Centre was the venue for this pulsating encounter between two very strong teams.
St Michaels started the much busier side with some fantastic counter attacking play, David Gardner and Liam Mckeown putting them ahead early. Soon after the 10 minute mark, St Margaret’s found their feet and James Hammill and Will Clarke soon got them back on level terms in the game. After a few more goals, tackles and fine saves, the two teams were locked at 4-4 as the referee blew for half time.
Such was the ferocious work rate of both sides, the second half started off rather slow, and both sides were eager not to make any rash mistakes. Suddenly, the game kicked into life once more, and St Margaret’s School built up a 2 goal lead. St Michaels, not to be outdone by their opponents, seemed to gain a second wind and grabbed the much needed goals to claw them back into the lead.
As the final whistle blew and both teams exchange handshakes, Liverpool FC Foundation Coach Scott Fowler said, “What a fantastic showpiece that game was for our mini league!”
MOTM: David Gardner
This week's blog is a story from one of the friends of the Foundation, Jim Rae. Jim is a former professional footballer who started playing at the age of 16 for Dundee FC, both as Left Back and Centre Back.
Jim’s playing career also took him to Arbroath, Cowdenbeath and finally to Spartans. Jim captained Spartans culminating in their famous Scottish Cup run against Premier League Livingston.
Last Summer Jim travelled to Thailand to play in the Senior World Cup Football Finals taking on ex-professional footballers from around the world and raising funds to help victims, mainly children, of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. As part of the trip, in between matches and training sessions, the players also held some football coaching sessions in local schools and helped to fundraise for the tsunami appeal. In total the trip raised in the region of £500,000 for the appeal. Read Jim’s account of the experience below:
“Well, it was ten days of extreme heat, humidity, six games of football, sights I didn’t think I would ever see and a huge amount of money raised for displaced children from the Tsunami in Thailand. The event organisation and management of players from all over the world, 250 (ex) footballers, 80 back room staff, accommodation, meals, training facilities and much more was a huge task but one the organisers did with enthusiasm, professionalism and a constant smile.
I will never forget the faces of the kids we coached on Saturday 9th June 2012. They were thrilled to be coached by players from different backgrounds. They cried and hugged us when we gave out the Liverpool FC Football kits, they couldn’t believe we had brought over this amount of kits just for them. We also handed out books and other items we take for granted, but they clearly love football and played with laughter and a dedication that we don’t see often in the UK.
Although the football finals were secondary to the charitable work we were doing, it was still one of my proudest moments to pull on that Scotland jersey. To score a goal for Scotland and Captain my country against the United Arab Emirates was beyond my wildest dreams. Although the fans were not there in Thailand, we could all feel the support of everyone back home in the UK and we can be proud of our achievements.
A special thanks goes to the staff of Liverpool FC Foundation, who supported us, and subsequently the displaced children of the tsunami, more than you could ever know. Your kindness and generosity has won you an army of new supporters in Thailand.”
Y.N.W.A Jim Rae
Tuesday 26th March
Anfield Juniors 13 v 2 Whitefield
The last fixture of the Anfield Mini League before the Easter half term saw Anfield Juniors and Whitefield go head to head. As blizzards hit Liverpool, both sides were thankful for the warm conditions inside the sports hall at the Anfield Sports & Community Centre.
The first half of this encounter certainly belonged to Anfield Juniors. Some brilliant play, by Richard Barrand and James Riley in particular, saw them quickly build up a huge advantage as the game moved towards half time.
As evidence of Anfield Juniors superb first half display, Liverpool FC Foundation coach, David McParland, shouted “It’s just like watching Brazil!”
The second half proved a much tighter affair and all credit must go to Whitefield for displaying a brilliant fighting attitude. Their spirited second half performance saw them bang in two goals, courtesy of Thomas Charman and Scott Milliken.
As the clock ticked towards the final whistle, both sides threw caution to the wind in an attempt to score more goals. This proved successful for Anfield Juniors, as the extra goals gave them some much needed breathing space. A Great game.
MOTM: Richard Barrand
Tuesday 19th March
All Saints 15 v 0 Four Oaks
A bruising encounter in the Anfield Mini League this week saw All Saints tackle Four Oaks at the Anfield Sports & Community Centre. The overall score line seems to show that it was all one way traffic for All Saints but those who were present for the fixture, would tell you different.
Due to a few injuries and a ton of missed chances, Four Oaks second game of the league will not live long in the memory. For the first half at least, this game seemed to play out as if it where a friendly match and All Saints were in rampant form, banging in goal after goal. A switch seemed to turn for both teams and as soon as the whistle was blown to get the second half under way, challenges were flying in from every angle.
What they lacked in goal scoring, Four Oaks definitely made up for with passion and enthusiasm, this didn’t go unnoticed from Foundation staff, with one commenting “The Four Oaks team has shown fantastic bravery and courage to keep playing and working hard."
Ultimately, goals win you games and All Saints didn’t disappoint, with nearly their whole team getting on the score sheet. With Easter fast approaching, the League is starting to take shape with every team contributing tremendously so far.
MOTM: Rhea D’Arcy
Tuesday 12th March
Final Score: Anfield Juniors 12 v 7 St Michaels
Another close game this week saw Anfield Juniors triumph over St Michaels in the Anfield Mini League.
This was an action packed match and with both sides contributing to some lovely football. It was a fast start for St Michaels, and they quickly put two goals on the scoreboard to the delight of their Manager, Mr Burcher. Anfield Juniors soon hit back with goals courtesy of Harry Cassidy and Daniel Ocego. With half time fast approaching, Anfield Juniors used their momentum to bag a couple more and went into the break with a slight lead.
As the referee blew for the second half, St Michaels were quickest out of the traps and set about trying to get in the opposition's faces, this proved successful with Junior Kasavabu bagging a goal.
This was one of those games which could have gone either way.
In the end, it was Anfield Juniors who made the most of their chances and eventually put themselves in a commanding position. St Michaels fight back proved too little too late, although they must take equal credit for making this a fantastic game.
Man of the Match: Daniel Ocego
This week Christine Mounsey, our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, along side Amputee Carer Support In Liverpool (ACSIL), took a trip to the Museum of Liverpool, as part of the Liverpool FC Foundation Men’s Health programme.
A group of 22 turned out to take part in a tour around the museum, in a bid to reduce social isolation and increase social contact. In addition to the tour ACSIL paid for its members to have lunch at the on site café.
During the tour we were fascinated to hear about people’s history and their life stories, as well as learning the actual size of one our city's iconic Liver birds!
It was great to see the group so engaged, learning something new, whilst having fun! The Museum of Liverpool attracts hundreds of visitors every day and it was a real pleasure bring the group to be a part of it!
Tom Hutchinson, ACSIL's Chair: “It was a fantastic day we didn’t have time to get round it all, but we’ll definitely be coming back”.
For more information on our projects and services please contact Christine on 07999 857272 or email@example.com
After the February half term break, the Anfield Mini League was back under way last Tuesday at the Anfield Sports & Community Centre. Read the latest report here...
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Final Score - St Matthews 13 v 4 Whitefield
"The game saw St Matthews and Whitefield go head to head in a thrilling encounter. Whitefield, playing their first match in the league, began tentatively and struggled to keep possession of the ball in the opening minutes, Foundation staff noted this as being down to ‘first game’ nerves.
Whitefield, now fully in tune with the demands of the mini league, bounced back and dragged the scores level at 2-2, the referee was struggling to keep up with the game as both attacks were on fire!
The highlight of the first half, and in fact the game, was John Forsyth’s 'wonder goal', the Whitefield man scored from inside his own half. A watching parent described it brilliantly as, “Xabi Alonso-Esq”.
The second half didn’t quite live up to first half standards, with both sides struggling with the heat inside the sports hall; this was down to the sun finally making a long awaited appearance in Liverpool.
As tiredness kicked in, so did the goals and full credit must go to the Whitefield Goal Keeper who put on a fine display. Another fantastic game in the Anfield mini league."
MOTM: Marcus Snell
As part of the Liverpool FC Foundation 'Football for All' programme during February half term our Foundation Coaches hosted a series of U12’s boys football tournaments at the North Liverpool Academy.
The tournaments were held over three days and as well as playing some competitive football, in between matches the coaches also planned some fun games for the young people to play. Games included ‘Target Practice’, ‘Power Shot’ as well as a ‘Crossbar Challenge’ competition.
Despite the cold wind, the three tournaments were a great success, the young people really enjoyed themselves and we saw some great football being played. In total over 380 young people took part, along with over 200 dedicated parents who came along to cheer the teams on.
On Monday the coaches and young people received a surprise appearance from Mighty Red, the Club Mascot. Mighty came along to support the teams and received a very warm welcome from the young people and our coaches!
Two of the Liverpool FC Foundation Youth Ambassadors also took part throughout the week and helped the coaches manage the event. The Youth Ambassador programme is being managed in conjunction with Liverpool City Council and provides opportunities for young people to develop their life skills. Our next blog will showcase the programme in more detail.
Massive Congratulations goes to our three winners, U8’s – Crosfield JFC, U10’s – Racing Club Woolton and U12’s – Woolton Wonders.
Our Liverpool FC Foundation coaches hosted another exciting match in our Anfield Mini League this week, yet again it was goals galore, read on to find out more...
Tuesday 12 February 2013
Final Score - St Margaret’s 16 v 5 Four Oaks
"The third week of the Anfield Mini League saw St Margaret’s compete against Four Oaks in a thrilling encounter. One thing we haven’t lacked so far in this league is goal mouth action and this game certainly didn’t disappoint.
St Margaret’s started the game really well with Rhys McCarthy leading from the front and contributing six goals to his team’s efforts. Four Oaks seemed to be caught off guard due the opposition’s fast start and it wasn’t until the 10th minute that they finally kicked into life, with Lewis Neil getting them onto the score sheet.
Half time went in a flash, and soon the goals were flying in again. St Margaret’s put in a fantastic team performance, but special mention goes to the Four Oaks side, who continued to play their football and show brilliant sportsmanship throughout the game.
This game also saw the league’s first two penalties, awarded to both teams. In controversial circumstances, referee Scott Fowler, pointed to the spot for both sides, when it seemed that both handballs were accidental. Cries of “You don’t know what you’re doing!” could be heard from the stands, aimed at Fowler but the game continued....
The second half definitely belonged to Annabel Yardley, of St Margaret’s, and Harry Hopkins, of Four Oaks. Both players chipped in with vital goals and worked there socks off, making this game a brilliant spectacle."
Man of the Match: Rhys McCarthy
It was another exciting week in the Anfield Mini League, hot off the press, read Foundation Coach, Scott Fowler's, match review.....
Tuesday 5 February 2013
Final Score - St Matthews 5 v 10 St Michaels
The game ebbed and flowed with chance after chance, with only top quality defending and superb goal keeping preventing this game hitting a record score. The beginning of the game was like a chess match, with both teams nervously sizing each other up. Then, just after 5 minutes, Markus Hynes (with the first of his 8 goals) kicked off a goal spurt between both sides.
You should have seen the look on the faces of the watching parents as each goal went in, pure delight! Referee, David McParland, finally blew the whistle to end a brilliant first half of top class football.
The second half was back under way with both sides wanting more goals, but had it not been for Paul Johnson, St Michaels’ goalkeeper, St Matthews would have surely scored more.
Special mention also goes to two St Matthews’s players, Alex Davis, who displayed calm finishing, and Sophie Griffiths, who was as tough as nails. As the game finished, a watching parent summed up the feeling of everyone who watched, “What a game that was!”
Man of the Match - Markus Hynes
Last week Christine Mounsey, our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, along with two of the Liverpool Community Health Food Workers, delivered the first in a series of healthy cook and taste sessions at the Salvation Army Hostel, as part of the Liverpool FC Foundation Men’s Health programme.
In order to raise awareness of the link between diet and health, a group of eight men from the hostel, under the guidance of the food workers, prepared a healthy meal from scratch using recipes detailing healthier ways to cook and prepare food.
Once cooked the group ate together giving them the the opportunity to talk about food and how it can make a difference, helping to create a healthy balanced diet.
Having a healthy diet isn’t all about constant salads and never eating the foods we love; it’s about having a balanced diet which means choosing a wide variety of foods and drinks from all the food groups. It also means eating certain things in moderation, namely saturated fat, cholesterol, refined sugar, salt and alcohol. This is promoted through the Eatwell Plate (see below) and by developing the cooking skills of local people to enable them to put the theory into practice.
For more information on our projects and services please contact Christine Mounsey on 07999 857272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Liverpool FC Foundation has recently set up a mini football league with seven primary schools in the Anfield area. The league allows children to play competitively against other schools in a safe friendly manner. The league is free to participate in and the schools will compete against each other every week.
The schools currently participating are, All Saints, Anfield Juniors, St Michaels, St Margaret’s, St Matthews, Whitefield and Four Oaks. The league will run up until the end of the school year, with the winning team receiving a trophy and tour of Anfield.
Scott Fowler, one of the Foundation Coaches managing the programme gives us the low down on the first match of the Season....
Tuesday 29 January 2013
Final Score - All Saints 17 v 5 Anfield Juniors
"The Anfield Mini League kicked off in style as All Saints and Anfield Juniors battled it out at the Anfield Sports & Community Centre. The game was much closer than the score line suggests, with both teams playing some great football.
All Saints got off to a flyer with Jack Callaghan and Elliot Clarke both scoring in quick succession before Anfield Juniors hit back through Harry Cassidy and Ryan Hampson. It was a hectic first half, with both sides playing open, attacking football and goals were flying in at every opportunity.
After and a short half time break, the action was back on again to the delight of the watching parents and Foundation staff. All credit must go to Anfield Juniors, as their heads never once dropped throughout the game despite the rub of the green never going there way. As the referee blew for the final whistle, both sides shook hands, a fitting end to an enjoyable first match in the Anfield Mini League."
Man of the Match: Jack Callaghan
There are lots of exciting projects going on this month, this week our coaches are back out in Qatar and closer to home we have started our Young Warriors programme.
Young Warriors is a football coaching programme open to boys aged 4-6 years old. The sessions are hosted every Monday - Friday, 4-5pm, during term time, across four sites in Liverpool. For a small fee the children have the opportunity to learn and develop their football skills in a fun and safe environment with our fully qualified Liverpool FC Foundation Coaches.
In the coming months we are hoping to develop the programme to include girls football coaching and further enhance our Football for All programme.
In early February a very special guest will join us at one of the Young Warrior sessions, a particularly cheeky LFC fan who loves a kick about....
We all like to think we’re invincible when it comes to getting things like cancer but the reality is that that it will affect 1 in 3 of us at some point in our lives.
For those of us living in Liverpool the sad fact is that simply by virtue of living in our glorious city we are 42% more likely to develop the disease than the rest of the country so that stat becomes more like 1 in 2. However, it’s not all doom and gloom as it has been proven that 40% of female and 45% of male cancers are preventable so you can make a difference.
It’s time to take control…
By looking at our lifestyles we can often make small changes that can add up to huge life saving opportunities. As part of our wider Men's Health programme this week Christine Mounsey, our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, along with Ruth Stafferton, from Cancer Research UK, delivered a cancer awareness session to a group of 11 young men who are currently taking part in the Princes Trust Award with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (Bootle & Netherton).
Together the group tackled issues such as what is cancer, how does it form and what can we do to prevent it.
The group learnt that by taking regular physical activity (at least 150 minutes a week), being sunsafe, stopping smoking (even reducing will help), practicing safe sex, drinking alcohol sensibly (2-3 unit a day for a woman, 3-4 units a day for a man, with two alcohol free days a week) and eating a healthy, balanced diet, which includes 5 portions of fruit of vegetables a day, we can all help reduce our risk of developing cancer and other lifestyles related illnesses.
By setting yourself small, achievable goals you can accomplish big changes!
If you would like to take part in any of our Men's Health programmes contact Christine at email@example.com
For more information on steps you can take to prevent cancer we recommend you visit the official Cancer UK website
As we head in to 2013 we are, as most, in a reflective mood and thought it would be a nice opportunity to review the last few years and remind ourselves of some of the great work our coaching staff have delivered around the globe.
And so, in no particular order....
The Angel Starfish Charity; Cape Town, South Africa, Imizamo Yethu - 2008
Joined by LFC Legend, Howard Gayle, our coaches worked with the Angel Starfish orphanage, delivering soccer coaching in the dust bowl. We coached over 1000 street children and handed out gifts. Our coaches also learnt one or two new skills along the way too!
Football is More; Sudan – 2009
Working with our colleagues at Football is More, members of the Foundation team travelled to Sudan and carried out coaching with street children from the area.
LFC First Team Tour; China, Malaysia & Singapore - 2011
In partnership with Standard Chartered and the British Council our coaches delivered sessions in China, Malaysia and Singapore for a full two weeks. Sessions included a mix of competitions and soccer skills coaching engaging with local schools and youth groups. We also delivered a number of disability football sessions to a variety of community groups.
Standard Chartered Soccer Clinic; Mumbai - 2011
Working with Standard Chartered on their ‘Goals’ and ‘Go Forward’ programme, which engages with children from the inner-city slums, we delivered a two day coaching programme. ‘Go Forward’ is a girls netball programme and two of our own participants from the local Liverpool community took part. They were given training and then passed on their new found skills in both netball and football to local coaches and girls from the area.
Liverpool Supporters Club Event; Malta - 2011
Our team of coaches organised a three day soccer school in partnership with the official Maltese Supporters Club. The team worked with LFC fans in the area and also visited a local hospital.
Standard Chartered Soccer Clinic; Ghana - 2011
In association with Standard Chartered our coaches delivered a three day soccer camp, including a session dedicated to working with children with additional needs. This was the first time the Foundation had visited Ghana and we hope to return sometime in the future.
United Nations Youth Leadership Camp; Doha, Qatar - 2012
Our coaches provided the football element of the Youth Leadership Camp in Qatar in association with the United Nations. 30 young adults were given the opportunity to develop their life skills through a variety of coaching sessions and experiences.
LFC First Team Tour; Toronto/Boston/Baltimore - 2012
Working closely with the Red Sox Foundation we carried out coaching sessions at Camp Harbour View which delivers summer camps for children of local low income families. During the tour we worked closely with LFC Legends, Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler, who helped our coaches deliver many of the sessions. We also visited and worked with the Perkins School for the Blind, Boston’s Children home, the Official Boston Supporters Club and visited the Dana Farbar cancer centre. Mighty Red also accompanied us during many of these sessions and brought plenty of smiles to the participant’s faces!
RAF: Akrotiri, Cyprus – 2012
Football coaching sessions were delivered to children of service men and women on active duty at Akrotiri in Cyprus. We hope to repeat this visit later this year and further develop the project.
Aspire 4 Sport Conference; Doha – Qatar 2012
Working in partnership with Aspire 4 Sport we delivered a two day soccer camp for both young people and a number of staff involved in the project. During the trip we worked closely with the Paris St Germain coaching team and were given a helping hand by LFC Legend, Ian Rush.
As well as continuing to develop our programmes at home we are looking forward to developing our international work further throughout 2013! Watch this space.
This weekend our Super Santa cyclists were out and about getting fit, having fun and bringing smiles to some of the children at the Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool.
Following the success of the Liverpool FC Foundation’s partnership with Breckfield North Everton Neighbourhood Council (BNENC) and Liverpool Community Health (LCH) Cycle for Health, a team of 200 cyclists gathered together yesterday to take part in the second annual Santa Bike Ride.
The event aims to promote activities which encourage a healthier lifestyle in line with the Foundation’s goals of improving health, whilst also bringing some Christmas cheer to the patients at Alder Hey.
Commissioned by Liverpool Football Club the event saw nearly 200 Santa’s take part in the 8 mile bike ride from the world famous Liver Buildings to the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where the cyclists presented Christmas gifts to some of the children who will spend the holidays on the wards.
One cyclist comment that this has “been a really enjoyable experience, the sun has shined all day, the people smiled and waved as we passed and I can’t wait ‘til the next one, bring it on”.
Working together with BNENC and LCH, the Foundation has been able to offer the local community exciting and free cycling opportunities. Cycling is a great way to keep fit; people of all ages and abilities can join in and benefit from this fun form of exercise. Cycling is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to get active; the success of our Olympians this year has further highlighted the sport, along with Bradley Wiggin’s wonderful accolade as the BBC Sport’s Personality of the Year 2012!
So, if you’re looking for your next goal or fancy getting fit for 2013, why not contact Christine for information about our next event on 07999 857 272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org