Liverpool youngsters will be given the opportunity to enjoy free football coaching thanks to the launch of the Jamie Carragher Soccer School.

Sessions funded by the legend's charity, the 23 Foundation, will be made available to six primary schools in the Bootle area of the city.

Carragher, who called time on a glittering 17-year career in May 2013, insists he's happy to be able to give something back to local supporters.

"With myself finishing playing, we decided this was a great way for me to stay involved on the football side of it," Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.

"I'm in a lucky position where I'm able to do something to help. I can because of the Foundation and the money we have been able to raise.

"This was a no-brainer really as it's a great thing for everyone. We have a number of coaches with real expertise who will be working under the umbrella of the Jamie Carragher Soccer School.

"We can provide funds through the charity which means the schools and the kids get this for nothing. I'm sure we'll help find a few stars of the future as there are always players to be found on Marsh Lane.

"But it's not just about the football side of it, we're hoping it will push them on with their education as well.

"Who gets the coaching is probably going to be done on a reward basis as there are only a select number of places. Hopefully that will act as an incentive for kids to attend school and behave themselves in lessons."

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The launch took place at Carragher's former school All Saints, which was called St James' during his time there.

Headteacher Angela Holleran believes the Jamie Carragher Soccer School will help All Saints build on their growing reputation for sporting achievement.

She said: "We're delighted to have been chosen as one of the six local schools to benefit from a year's free football coaching.

"It is a pleasure to be associated with Jamie. He is not only a Liverpool legend and model professional but an ex-pupil of the school who is giving back so much to the community in which he grew up.

"Jamie is a fantastic role model to all our children and a huge inspiration. He has already done so much for us. Only last year he donated a new football kit to All Saints through the PFA Players' Kit Scheme. That was an unbelievable gesture."