LFC Foundation team up with The Spirit of Shankly to host Big Red Talk Event

LFCF host The Big Red Talk

On Friday 11th December, LFC Foundation teamed up with supporter’s union, The Spirit of Shankly to host the Big Red Talk – a live virtual event in support of fan's mental health.

The night was a huge success with over 99 participants tuning into the event to take part in various workshops to help educate fans on the importance of mental health, speaking your mind and caring for your personal wellbeing. 

Thanks to the various organisations from across Liverpool who took part: 

Mental Health Organisations: 

  • James Place
  • Sean’s Place
  • Mind Map 

Media Partners for the event:

  • BOSS Night plc
  • The Anfield Wrap

Fan Groups:

  • Spirit of Shankly
  • Spion Kop 1906
  • Liverpool Disabled Supporters Club

A special thanks to our guests Clive Tyldesley and Chris Kirkland who gave their support to the event.  
On the night, we had live music from local Liverpool singer, Jamie Webster,  as well as an interactive virtual quiz hosted by ‘the Voice of Anfield’ George Sephton, where fans had the opportunity to win exclusive LFC prizes and club merchandise. 

Chris Kirkland was interviewed by The Anfield Wrap, sharing his experiences of overcoming mental health issues as well as offering fans advice on how to cope, speak up and seek professional help when struggling with mental illness.


The evening’s events involved an interactive virtual quiz – hosted by ‘The Voice of Anfield’ George Sephton – which gave fans the opportunity to win exclusive LFC prizes and club merchandise.
The event received great feedback and was applauded for its honest approach to mental health and the hard work that went into creating it. 

“Thank you for all your hard work putting this together tonight. Events like these make a difference and they will save lives. You should all be very proud – YNWA"

“Fantastic. What a nice, refreshing way to look at mental health...I liked how you used the stats to relate to fans and the club. Very well done - YNWA”

Through this initiative, LFC Foundation are looking to abolish the taboo surrounding mental health and encourage men and women to speak out and seek support when struggling.

The event was part of LFC Foundation’s collaboration with LFC supporters’ union, Spirit of Shankly to deliver a new season wide mental health project for supporters.

The project, which was announced on World Suicide Prevention Day, is funded by LFC Lotto as part of LFC Foundation’s Adult Health Programmes and Spirit of Shankly.

Liverpool FC also has a dedicated team of Safeguarding specialists who can offer help and support. For more information, please visit www.liverpoolfc.com/fans/safeguarding
The LFC Lotto is operated by BD Sport Ltd. and is regulated by the Gambling Commission. License numbers 000-050123-R-327621-002 and 000-050123-N-327622-002. www.begambleaware.org. Players must be aged 16+. UK only.