Youngsters don famous red shirt for football match

St Helens youngsters represented Liverpool FC in a five- a-side football match
St Helens youngsters represented Liverpool FC in a five- a-side football match

A group of St Helens youngsters were given an opportunity of a lifetime to pull on the famous red shirt of Liverpool FC.

The eight young people got the chance to represent the club’s Community Foundation in a five-a-side football match.

In conjunction with St Helens Council’s Sports Development Youth Sports Programme and other key organisations across Merseyside, the LFC Foundation runs the Premier League and Metropolitan Police led programme, ‘Kicks’ which aims to use the beautiful game to engage with young people and bring communities together.

In October last year, after volunteering to take part in ‘Sweeper Zone’ – a litter picking operation outside Anfield stadium, the group were invited to attend Liverpool’s dramatic Premier League home game against Southampton.

Four months on, as a reward for attending a free, weekly football session at Derbyshire Hill Youth Centre, run by St Helens Council’s Sports Development Youth Sports Programme – in partnership with Liverpool FC Foundation - they were then given the chance to emulate their footballing heroes, after being selected to take on Blackburn Rovers in a 5 vs.5 football match on St Augustine’s astroturf.

The team went on to win 22-3, putting in a performance Jürgen Klopp himself would have admired.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Jeanie Bell, said: “Football is renowned for bringing people from all different backgrounds together - and helps develop essential life skills such as respect and cooperation.

“The lads should be very proud of themselves. Not only have they been great ambassadors for the town and the LFC Foundation, they are also proof of what community projects like this can achieve, and I hope it paves the way for more young people to get involved.”

For more information on St Helens Council’s Youth Sports Programme, visit sthelens.gov.uk/5092.aspx or contact Mark Jennings by calling 01744 675405 or emailing markjennings@sthelens.gov.uk