Side by Side

Every child deserves the right to an education, to feel safe and respected, and to be treated with dignity. But for millions of children here at home and around the world, these things are out of reach.

The LFC Foundation and Right To Play are working Side by Side, using the power of sport and play to transform the lives of vulnerable children home and away and help them achieve their full potential.

Children need our help now more than ever. The devastating global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to make these children’s lives more challenging.

The LFC family is always there for each other. Bringing our communities together. Giving us hope in times of struggle. We invite Reds fans around the world to stand with us. Together we can help children rise above adversity and empower them to learn, lead and succeed.

Side by Side we can do anything.

About the Partnership

The LFC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club; delivering a range of programmes and partnerships to create life changing opportunities for children and young people in the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above the effects of poverty, war and disease, reaching 2.35 million children each year in 15 countries around the world.

Together we are standing Side by Side to use their expertise to create and implement high-impact programmes that give children at home and away the tools and skills they need to rise above adversity and learn, lead, and succeed.

Our Community Programmes

Side by Side will kick off delivering community programmes in Liverpool and Bangkok and will expand into other countries and communities as the partnership develops.

Liverpool

Liverpool City Region is the most deprived city region in England. Health, life expectancy and educational attainment are all below the national averages. Crime and youth unemployment rates are amongst the highest in the country. In some areas of the city, more than half of children are living below the poverty line.

In Liverpool, the project will build upon the LFC Foundation’s existing Open Goals programme in Anfield, which provides free multi-sport and play sessions in local parks to help educate and engage young people in the local area. The partnership with Right To Play will enable Open Goals to be delivered in more parks and open spaces in areas of need across the Liverpool City Region, and potentially beyond in the UK.

Bangkok

In Bangkok, crime and anti-social behaviour amongst young people is a growing problem due to limited attention within the education system and a lack of social services to support vulnerable young people.

Our projects will support the most vulnerable children in urban Bangkok to develop critical life skills, including leadership, self-confidence, communication and resilience. The programmes will also build and rehabilitate play spaces to ensure safe, accessible areas for young people to play and learn.

Together, these Side by Side programmes will use the power of sport and play to engage, educate and empower children to rise above adversity and learn, lead, and succeed.

Be Part of the Line up

We’re inviting Reds fans around the world to stand Side by Side with us.

Fans can sign up at liverpoolfc.com/sidebyside to join in the campaign and find out how they can make a difference in children’s lives.

During last season’s UEFA Champions League competition, fans may have noticed the addition of the Right To Play logo on LFC’s kit. The logo will again be worn during the upcoming Champions League campaign and is available for fans to add to their shirts in LFC stores and the online retail store. All of the proceeds raised from the sales will support the work of the Side by Side partnership. You can access the LFC store here.

Fans will have the opportunity to feature on a pitchside board during a live Liverpool FC Premier League game at Anfield. Launching on Wednesday 21st October, ahead of The Reds’ Champions League match against Ajax, the exclusive competition will give fans the chance to appear Side by Side with their LFC heroes. Full T’s and C’s can be found below.

“Millions of children around the world are facing adversity and being forced to grow up too fast. Side by Side gives children the opportunity to rise above their challenges and thrive through the power of sport and play,”

Jürgen Klopp, LFC Foundation Ambassador.

“Liverpool Football Club has the best fans in the world -- no matter where we live, we’re all part of the Liverpool family and Side by Side we can do anything.”

About the Partners

The LFC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club; delivering a range of programmes and partnerships to create life changing opportunities for children and young people in the Liverpool City Region and beyond. The charity focuses its work in three key impact areas; wellbeing, skills and communities and delivers a wide variety of programmes every day.

Some of their initiatives include, ‘Open Goals’ - a free multi-sport sessions in local parks, ‘#iwill’ - a social action programme that engages young people in meaningful social action projects in their communities, Kicks Inclusion – a football programme tailored for people with complex and additional needs, IntoUniversity North Liverpool - a project in partnership with Into University and the University of Liverpool that supports children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to reach their educational potential by providing a dedicated learning centre, after-school clubs, homework support and mentoring schemes.

https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com

Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above the effects of poverty, war and disease. We work with children in some of the most difficult and dangerous places on earth, helping them to stay in school and graduate, to resist exploitation and overcome prejudice, to prevent diseases like HIV and malaria and to heal from the harsh realities of war and abuse.

Pioneers in a unique play-based approach to learning, we use play in all its forms - sport, games, music, art and theatre - to teach children the skills they need to create better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. Right To Play reaches 2.35 million children each year in 15 countries around the world.

www.righttoplay.com

The Liverpool FC Foundation is an independent charity registered in England & Wales with The Charity Commission, Charity Number: 1096572. Registered Office: Anfield Road, Liverpool, England L4 0TH.

Right To Play is a registered Canadian charity. Charity registration number: 88880 4218 RR0001. Registered office: 18 King Street East, 14th Floor, Toronto ON M5C 1C4 Canada.