LFC Foundation staff attended a training course in Kirkdale last week to learn more about a new life-saving initiative.
Coaches and staff from LFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks and Onside programmes were joined by Everton in the Community employees for a day of training delivered by the KnifeSavers campaign.
KnifeSavers is a new initiative run by trauma surgeon Mr Nikhil Misra, based within the Major Trauma Unit at Aintree University Hospital. The campaign aims to help improve survival rates from knife wounds by offering training and education on bleeding control.
The KnifeSavers team has designed specialist bleeding control kits - containing scissors, gloves, tourniquets, trauma dressings, military-grade gauze and chest wound sealant - which will be placed in targeted locations around the wider region following an initial roll-out in Liverpool.
LFC Foundation will distribute the kits throughout local schools and community locations in the new year as part of both the PL Kicks and Onside programmes.
Matt Parish, LFC Foundation director, said: “We were approached by Nikhil regarding the work he has been doing and not only has he got first-hand experience of the devastating effects of knife crime, but he also has a huge passion for educating our young people to help keep them safe.
“Our staff are now better trained and equipped to deal with an incident should it happen, but more importantly can further support the young people they work with to take positive decisions which will help them to keep safe.”
LFC Foundation’s PL Kicks programme has also recently obtained funding from the Violence Reduction Unit to form a new youth engagement football and education project, which will bring together ten U16’s teams from across the city to take part in a weekly Friday Night league at Anfield Sports and Community Centre.
The sessions will see LFC Foundation work alongside external groups such as KnifeSavers, Street-Doctors and Real Men Don’t Carry Knives to educate young people and break down territorial barriers using the power of football and the LFC badge.
For more information on LFC Foundation’s range of programmes visit liverpoolfc.com/foundation