football in Liverpool is to get a nearly half a million pound funding boost
over the next three years thanks to a cash injection from the city’s Premier
and Liverpool Football Clubs’ respective charities will each invest £75,000 a
year in a Grassroots Football Development Fund to provide equipment, training
opportunities and pitch-time for clubs, leagues and families who may face
eventual aim of the partnership will be to create a Liverpool Football Trust which
will oversee future investment in football in the city.
alongside Liverpool City Council and the County Football Association, The
Trust, which has representation from the two clubs, County Football Association
and the city council, will consider applications for funding support from
junior clubs and leagues.
will be divided into a development fund – designed to help existing clubs that
want to expand and new clubs that are just kicking off. It will help fund the
training of coaches and providing facilities for clubs.
infrastructure fund will also be created to provide new equipment, such as
footballs, cones and goalposts.
are more than 400 junior clubs playing in Liverpool. The city council has
already been working hard to invest in the local game through its Parklife
initiative and the creation of four ‘football hubs’ across the city.
More than 80,000 people are registered with the council’s Parklife scheme. The hubs have been open for a year and during that time there have been more than half a million visits by players of all ages. The application and funding criteria for Liverpool’s Grassroots Football Development Fund will be made available to clubs and leagues later this month.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: “Football is part of the fabric of life in
Liverpool. The city is one of the game’s spiritual homes and we are blessed to
be the hometown of two of the world’s greatest football clubs. We are also
fortunate enough to have one of the most dynamic and vibrant football scenes at
local level, which is a testament to the hundreds of people who give up their
time week after week to make sure the city’s grassroots game is thriving.
Working together we want to remove any barriers that our children and young
people face to getting involved in the game and we want to make sure that
football continues to thrive in our city for generations to come.”
Matt Parish, Director of LFC Foundation, said: “The LFC Foundation is delighted to be able to provide an investment of £225,000 into the Grassroots Football Development Fund. By equipping local communities and clubs with the support they need, this new fund will help to provide local children and young people with access to high quality coaching and facilities. This is important in ensuring that the game is accessible to all and continues to encourage and sustain participation in the game.”
Richard Kenyon, Chief Executive of Everton in the Community, said: “Grassroots football is the lifeblood of our game and plays a vital role in our communities. It is where the journey starts for our future professional footballers but also brings health benefits to participants of all ages and abilities. It can also bring significant social benefits to young people, including bringing people from different backgrounds together. Working with Liverpool City Council our contribution of £225,000 over the next three years will help young people in our city access new facilities– ensuring future generations have an equal opportunity to take part and share in the beautiful game.”