First and foremost, the LFC Foundation would like to thank the following local partners for making these sessions possible:
- Steve Morgan Foundation
- Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
- Merseyside Police
- Knowsley Council
- Sefton Council
This programme caters for those between the ages of 8 – 18, by engaging young people through their passion for football, whilst also addressing topics such as equality and knife crime.
The LFC Foundation have delivered over 7,500 sessions and 8,000 contact hours through 3 different formats of kicks:
- Kicks Girls
- Kicks Inclusion
On average, the Foundation’s Kicks attendance increases by 22% year-on-year, with total attendance now exceeding 125,000.
Tony Cosgrove, Football Programme Manager at the Foundation said: “Due to the strength and impact of the project, we are able to connect young people whilst improving their physical and mental wellbeing. We have formed partnership with various organisations such as: Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Knowsley & Sefton Council, The Cruyff Foundation and finally, the Steve Morgan Foundation”.
Take a look below at some of our key moments over the years!
Cruyff Shield Champions
The LFC Foundation celebrated both the boy’s and girl’s teams, for coming first place in the Cruyff Court 6 v 6 Tournament. The teams, from our Premier League Kicks programme, travelled to London on Saturday 6th July 2018 to compete in the final rounds of the tournament, hosted by Tottenham Hotspur FC. Satisfyingly, both teams won all their fixtures, competing against other regional winners from Aberdeen, Arsenal, Everton, Hamilton, and Tottenham.
LFC Foundation x FEFA Launch
In July 2020, The LFC Foundation joined forces with Robbie Fowler’s Education and Football Academy (FEFA) to create the LFC Foundation and Fowler Academy Partnership.
FEFA, who are nationally recognised as specialists in football and education, offer a range of football and educational opportunities for young people aged 16 - 19 to prepare them for their next career step. Alongside its successful football programme, FEFA offers a varied curriculum, including specialist pathways in football development, sport science, coaching, personal training, business, and a range of A-Levels, with a number of our PL Kicks participants progressing onto the programme.
FEFA Technical Director and LFC legend, Robbie Fowler, said: “This partnership represents two excellent organisations coming together to provide outstanding opportunities for young people in Liverpool and the wider region. Both Liverpool Football Club and the LFC Foundation are very close to my heart, so this partnership feels like the perfect fit for us.”
We Launched Our PL Girls Changemakers
This is a leadership programme funded by the Premier League, who’s aim is to empower, inspire and develop leadership qualities in girls aged 11 to 17. Our first cohort of girls that took part were selected from our PL Kicks programme.
The project aims to improve participants mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their awareness of gender equality and mental health related issues
Towards the end of their programme, the group devised and successfully completed a social action project. They raised over £500, and all proceeds went to local mental health charity YPAS.
Success of our Kicks Inclusion Programme
The Foundation’s PL Kicks Inclusion programme aims to provide an opportunity and safe space for our disabled participants to get involved with physical activity. We aim to increase sport participation rates, whilst improving mental and physical wellness. This programme offers inclusive activities designed for each impairment.
To date, the LFC Foundation has recorded 1,056 hours of inclusion sessions.