24th January 2013
Second programme launched with support of People's Postcode Trust
Liverpool FC Foundation, the football club's official charity, has launched a second programme to provide sporting opportunities for children with severe disabilities in the Wirral. And it's part thanks to support from People's Postcode Trust and players of People's Postcode Lottery.
The Football 4 All programme follows the success of the flagship initiative, which offers free coaching to over 70 children every week. The new programme, which was officially launched by Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, also provides free coaching for children with complex needs who previously wouldn't have engaged in sport.
Speaking at the launch, Lucas said: “Seeing the smiles on the kids' faces has been fantastic and it's been a real opportunity to highlight the great work being done by the Liverpool FC Foundation.
“It's very important for players to come and give something back to the community,” he added.
The new programme, based at Woodchurch High School in the Wirral, provides sporting opportunities for 35 children, aged 8-16 years old, and is funded by the Premier League Community Fund, People's Postcode Trust and Field of Dreams.
Gary Adlen, Liverpool FC Foundation Director, said: “Our Foundation improves people's lives by providing a range of football related programmes and initiatives that will inspire positive change, both locally and internationally. We're extremely delighted with our second football disability initiative as part of the Football 4 All programme in the Wirral.
“With these programmes, the majority of participants have never been involved in any sport before. The sessions are about giving young people a chance to get involved, socialise and enjoy their sport. Giving children this opportunity is something that we are extremely proud of.”
Liverpool FC Foundation has also secured further funding from People's Postcode Trust for a series of additional programmes that aim to inspire and unite the local community. The funding has been used to support the Foundation's Military Veterans League, Comedy Workshops and Dads & Lads Football camps, among other initiatives.