LFC Foundation invited participants from its Onside+ project to Anfield on Wednesday for a special recognition event.

Onside+ – which is part-funded by Merseyside’s Violence Reduction Unit – aims to address some of the social issues faced by young people today, including topics such as stereotypes and perceptions, mental health, and youth and gang crime throughout the local area, working in collaboration with Merseyside Police.

The project uses the power of the LFC badge to engage with local students, providing them with key skills, confidence and the resilience to overcome obstacles and choose the right pathways in life.

Pupils from Kirkby High School and All Saints Catholic High School were invited to the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand at Anfield for the special event in celebration of their hard work and attentive attitude in the classroom so far this year.

Superintendent Mark Wiggins, from Merseyside’s Violence Reduction Unit, spoke to the youngsters – congratulating them on their successes to date – before the group took part in a networking event where pupils were given the opportunity to spend time with representatives from Merseyside Police and Merseyside’s Violence Reduction Unit.

The day ended with a tour of the stadium and a raffle, with prizes including LFC match shirts, signed player photos and a Champions League final winner’s medal replica.

Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: “Onside+ is a relatively new programme for us, yet we’re already seeing a real difference in the participants – so it’s fantastic to be able to reward their effort and progress so far with events like this.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing the young people continue to grow and develop their skills as the project continues.”

For more information on LFC Foundation and its Onside programme, visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com/schools/onside.

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