Warrior Football has donated £50,000 worth of kit to the Liverpool FC Foundation to distribute to community charities locally and overseas.
The Foundation's programmes encourage people of all ages, ethnic groups and disabilities to take part in team sports as a fun and healthy platform to develop life skills such as confidence building, motivation, and teamwork.
A host of Liverpool players today joined one of newest projects of the Liverpool Foundation, the Armed Forces programme. The programme aims to re-engage ex-service personnel by offering them the chance to take part in series of activities to help them reconnect with physical activity and recapture their spirit of service and comradeship.
Reds stars Jordan Henderson, Simon Mignolet and Raheem Sterling each led a group of veterans, aged between 20-35-years-old, in a 'keepy uppy' challenge.
Richard Wright, global head of Warrior Football, said: "Warrior is proud to support the work carried out by the Liverpool FC Foundation. Their initiatives are truly inspirational and continue to better the lives of thousands of people. The power of sport is immeasurable and the Foundation uses it to create positive change in helping build brighter futures."
Mark Haig, head of operations, Liverpool FC Foundation, said: "The Liverpool FC Foundation is committed to serving our communities and encouraging ambition, using the power of football, to help people achieve their dreams.
"We are delighted to receive this generous kit donation from Warrior which we can pass on to the participants of our many community programmes to help them feel even more part of the world's greatest football family."
Liverpool FC Foundation projects that will benefit from the donation include:
Kit for Youth Ambassadors
Young people aged 16-19 years not in education or employment are given the opportunity to enrol on a course with Liverpool FC Foundation and Liverpool City Council to become 'ambassadors' for the city and for the club. The young people attend weekly sessions at our study support centre at Anfield stadium, learning skills surrounding CV skills, IT skills and other skills and information to aid their employability. The kit donation would be worn by the young people when they meet and greet fans at key points around Liverpool on a match day offering travel information and guidance to travelling fans and will help the young people feel part of the Liverpool FC family.
Local 'On the Ball' schools kits, coats and tracksuits
Our 'On the Ball' education programme is based within All Saints Catholic Primary School, Anfield Junior and Infants School in Anfield. The programme offers support with attendance, reading skills, family work and curriculum linked skills. Your donation has meant their school teams have been able to receive a full playing kit, their teachers have stadium jackets for wear around the school at break times and their 'playground leaders' can wear an LFC tracksuit when acting as positive mentors to other pupils during break times. Your donation has been greatly received by the schools, many of their pupils are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Schools Tournament Winners
A kit from your donation will be given to schools teams who win our school tournaments which we run with schools across Liverpool. The donation of a winning kit will help encourage team sports within schools and to young people across Liverpool who take part in these free competitions.
Partner Charities - domestic
Warrior's donation will also be donated to the LFC Foundation's partner charities:
Centre 56 provides information sessions and support for women and children who have suffered or are at risk of domestic abuse. We have highly experienced and qualified staff who understands the needs of people who have suffered domestic abuse.
Alder Hey Children's Charity
Alder Hey Children's Charity supports Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool which sees over 270,000 young patients and their families every year. From the thousands of crayons we give out to entertain young patients to amazing lifesaving equipment and ground-breaking research studies, the shirts Warrior have donated to Alder Hey helps when working with children in the city.
Located on Wirral, their ten-bedded hospice provides respite, end-of-life and bereavement care for children and young adults with complex medical needs, up to the age of 23. They also support the whole family, providing support and counselling for as long as needed. Looking after 160 families from across Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, West Lancashire and the Isle of Man and provide a home-from-home environment for children and young people. Claire House are very grateful for Warriors donation which helps to support their engagement with families.
Cash for Kids
Cash for Kids is the official charity of Radio City and provides a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children in Liverpool and the surrounding areas. Warrior's shirt donation goes to children and young people under 18 years of age throughout the region, with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, with behavioural or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.
Positive Futures North Liverpool is an award winning, nationally recognised social enterprise charity which worked to improve the life choices of children and young people. The charities vision is to see all young people realise their potential regardless of circumstance, helping young people to help themselves through programmes of engagement and education, empowerment, enterprise and environment by way of excellence. Warrior's donation helps support the work they carry out with children and young people in North Liverpool.