Liverpool FC has launched a new community programme to support local residents and schools in the Anfield area.

The 'Red Neighbours' initiative will focus on four key areas of need as a result of extensive research with key people who live and work in L4. 

The areas are: food poverty and education; support for the elderly community; encouraging a physically active community; and creating memorable experiences for young people.  

A small dedicated team of LFC staff will work together with local residents, 25 schools around the Anfield area, local community groups, key stakeholders, and other club staff who will give their time and expertise voluntarily to support the programme and help to create events and experiences to support the four areas of need.

Susan Black, director of communications at LFC, said: "Community work has always been an integral part of Liverpool Football Club. For more than 20 years our community activity has been conducted by the club's Foundation across Merseyside and around the world with the support of their international partners.

"This new programme will focus on being a good neighbour and helping to make a difference in the Anfield community and the people who live and work within it. Through our research with the Anfield community we were able to identify four themes to focus our efforts and make a difference.

"'Red Neighbours' has already hosted a series of successful activities, including a Christmas party at Anfield for more than 400 local pensioners, LFC staff volunteering at All Saints Primary School and elderly care homes, and over 900 local schoolchildren have enjoyed a complimentary matchday at Anfield so far this season. 

"This month we have a career networking event at Anfield to look forward to, which is designed to support young students from local high schools as they take their next steps towards finding the right career path."

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