LFC Foundation and Everton in the Community hosted the trophy presentation for their #NoMoreKnives football tournament on Friday.
The event was attended by Reds legend Robbie Fowler, Everton U23 players Fraser Hornby and Bassala Sambou, and several anti-knife crime supporters from across the city.
The tournament was organised through both clubs’ Premier League Kicks projects, using the power of football and the LFC and EFC badges to bring together young people from across the city to raise awareness of the ‘Real Men Don’t Carry Knives’ campaign.
Eight U14s PL Kicks teams from different LFC Foundation and EITC delivery sites took part in the tournament, with the team from Shrewsbury House Youth Club, one of LFC Foundation’s Kicks delivery centres, taking first place.
Tony Cosgrove, LFC Foundation project lead, said: “We run quarterly tournaments as part of our PL Kicks project with the aim of breaking down territorial barriers and engaging with young people across the city, and this tournament was organised specifically to raise awareness of the anti-knife crime campaigns. We’re extremely grateful to all who attended today to show their support.”
Fowler was joined by Hornby and Sambou to present the finalists with their medals.
Toni Lappin and Alan Cook, who have both lost sons following fatal knife attacks in 2008 and 2017, spoke about the importance of the ‘Real Men Don’t Carry Knives’ campaign by reflecting the realities, dangers and consequences of carrying knives.
Fowler said: “Sadly, we’re hearing about knife crime incidents all too often, so it’s extremely important that we educate young people about the implications of carrying knives, and help to make our city a safer place.”
Kicks is the Premier League’s flagship community programme which uses the power of football and sport to inspire young people in some of the most high-need areas in England and Wales. The programmes are hosted by both LFC Foundation and EITC at different locations throughout the city each week.