Liverpool FC and Nike have donated 100 new home kits to young people from 25 schools in and around the Anfield area.

To celebrate the Reds’ home kit launch, working alongside Red Neighbours – the club’s CSR programme – the kits were donated to young people across L4, L5 and L6 postcode areas who have made a difference to their local community throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The youngsters were carefully selected from each of the local primary and secondary schools by headteachers and head-of-year groups for the fantastic work they have done to support others in their local community during the lockdown period.                                                                                      

Pupils and students have all rallied together to help their communities. Whether it be supporting the NHS or the elderly, the youngsters aged six to 18 years old all helped to make a positive impact during these challenging times.

On the kit donation, Gayle Hall, careers co-ordinator at Notre Dame Catholic College, said: “Four of our students were selected for the fantastic work they did to support the NHS during lockdown. This included sewing scrub bags for Alder Hey staff, and making and selling bracelets for an NHS charity. They were also nominated for working so hard on their remote learning during lockdown.”

Kieran Baillie, deputy headteacher at Florence Melly Community Primary School, commented: “The children receiving their kits were nominated for their hard work and embodiment of our school values; both over lockdown and on our return to school.

“At Florence Melly, we use the term ‘DREAMS’ – which stands for determination, respect, empowerment, appreciation, motivation and safety – and these children were the personification of these values. Not only do they work hard every day, but they also bring a little bit of happiness to all who meet them.”

Sara Robinson, headteacher at Four Oaks Community Primary School, added: “One of our pupils, Ruby, looked after her street during lockdown. She collected rubbish which was left on the path or grass and put it into the bin. She tried to keep her neighbourhood as clean as possible during her time off school.

“She was also great company and support for her sister, who started running. They kept motivating each other while trying to stay positive and healthy during lockdown.”