Liverpool FC Academy players have been supporting LFC Foundation coaches with weekly football sessions across Merseyside this season.

Each Thursday, the youngsters assist with the development of players enrolled in the Premier League Kicks programmes, participating in activities and offering inspiration with the help of trained LFC Foundation community coaches.

Since 2007, Premier League Kicks has been working in local communities to inspire young people into sport.

The programme is aimed at eight to 18-year-olds in areas of high need, providing free sports activities for both boys and girls and for those with additional learning, behavioural, physical and sensory needs through the Kicks Inclusion programme.

This week, more Reds players will be getting involved with sessions at Anfield Sports and Community Centre, Gateacre School and Liverpool Aquatics Centre.

With their participation each week, they work towards their coaching badges through offering support with activities and managing games.

Phil Roscoe, Academy player care manager, said: “As an academy we have a long-standing relationship with LFC Foundation and this is just one example of the work that we have undertaken across the city for many years.

“Not only does this help our players complete voluntary hours for the varying coaching awards they are undertaking at the club but also gives them a clear understanding of the responsibility they have as a Liverpool player working in the city.”

Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: “I’d like to thank all of the Academy players who commit their time each week – offering their knowledge and expertise to help develop the young footballers in the local community.”

For more information on LFC Foundation and its range of programmes, click here.

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