LFC's Red Neighbours walking football team enjoyed an unforgettable day as they stepped out on the Anfield pitch alongside Reds legend Alan Kennedy earlier this week.

Forty-four local residents - all regular participants in the walking football programme - played a series of matches during a special afternoon at the home of Liverpool FC.

Walking football is designed to encourage over 50s to engage in physical activity in a fun and social setting. The initiative has gone from strength to strength, with the initial monthly meetings now running twice-weekly at Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC). 

Former LFC left-back Kennedy, a familiar face at the ASCC sessions, headed back out onto the Anfield pitch with his walking football teammates for the end-of-season tournament. 

Bill Bygroves, LFC club chaplain and Red Neighbours team member, said: “The walking football sessions are as much about getting local people socialising as are they are about keeping active.

“It’s a chance for the retired members of our community to continue enjoying the sport they love while also making new friends. Our oldest participant is 90 and we have a few in their 80s, too - it’s fantastic to see people of that generation getting back into football. 

“Today has been brilliant - to kick a football on the pitch at Anfield is the realisation of a childhood dream for many of our players.”

Walking football, alongside walking netball, is part-funded by the FA through the Community Shield Fund and sessions run on Tuesdays and Fridays at ASCC - for more information follow @Red_Neighbours on Twitter.

The Red Neighbours programme supports local residents and schools in the Anfield community, focusing on four key areas: food poverty and education; support for the elderly community; encouraging a physically active community; and creating memorable experiences for young people.