Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian and LFC Women's Anke Preuss met youngsters from an LFC Foundation programme in Anfield on Monday.
The pair headed to Anfield Sports and Community Centre to take part in a special tournament celebrating the relaunch of LFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks.
Participants from Kicks’ U15 sessions went head to head with teams representing Everton, Derby County, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City during an afternoon of nine-v-nine games, before meeting with the Reds ‘keepers for a Q&A and photo opportunity.
“It’s fantastic to come down to Anfield Sports Centre and meet the kids from the LFC Foundation programmes,” said Adrian.
“For a player like me who is fairly new to the city, it’s really great to come and get involved in the local community and see the work our Foundation does.
“You can really see that the young people enjoy these sessions and take a lot of positive things away with them.”
Kicks is the Premier League’s flagship community programme and sees 90 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs work closely with young people and authorities in their local area to deliver free sports sessions and workshops.
The programme provides opportunities and support for young people to achieve their full potential and create stronger, safer and more inclusive communities.
LFC Foundation’s Kicks schedule will now include a Disability and Inclusion strand – formerly Respect 4 All – and increased girls football opportunities, with a total of 18 sessions taking place in nine of the most high-need areas across the Liverpool city region every week.
“This is such a brilliant programme for the local youngsters to get involved in and it’s great to see it expanding to include even more girls sessions,” said Preuss.
“I’ve really enjoyed coming down here today and meeting all the participants, and I hope my tips and advice will help them going forward.”
For more information on LFC Foundation’s PL Kicks sessions, click here.