National Recognition for LHFC

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Liverpool Homeless Football Club are pleased to announce  that we have  been shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards in the community group Multi Strand Awards.

This years national awards will take place  in the beautiful surroundings of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on Saturday 18th September.

The National Diversity Awards  Honoring agencies and Individuals from right across the Uk, who work tirelessly to improve the communities we live in.

John Finnigan Chair of LHFC states ” we are totally honoured to have even been nominated never mind shortlisted, We read some of the comments people and agencies made about us on the website and they totally blew us away.  This is an achievement not just for the present players, committee, partners and sponsors, but all the people over the past eight years, who have been involved in the club. ”

LHFC  are one of eight community groups been shortlisted  the others are :

Result CIC
Buddy Buddy Scheme
SELF
BCfm
Liverpool Homeless FC
Leeds Beckett Student Union
Darlington Independent Advice Group
BollyGood

Good luck to all, from LHFC

National Diversity awards

 

SUNCREAM 4 THE STREETS

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Summer is upon us and the weather is getting warmer, the majority of us when it is hot will go out buy suncream and put it on.

However a lot of street homeless and people who spend a lot of time on the streets will not buy sun cream.

At the best of time this section of our community do not manage their health well,  and being exposed to the heat and the sun has a further impact on their health.

We are asking people to  buy an extra bottle of suncream  drop it off at our office

LCVS 151 Dale Street,

The Whitechapel Centre

The Hope Project

Bosco House

Once again together we can help people in need.

Help us and Help us Raise money for The Homeless World Cup.

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Join us on Thursday 16th July at the magnificent Florrie center in Toxteth,  from 7 pm we will be having a race night, Scouse supper, raffle, and a chance to boggie on down with the disco! tickets are £7 and money will be shared between LHFC and The  Homeless World Cup.

Every year The Homeless world cup has 64 nations and works all year around so please help a ball change the  world.

As well  as the up and coming race night, we have done fun runs and bike rides, and a few more to come , so please donate any little helps.

http://www.justgiving.com/stephen-hawkins4/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=stephen-hawkins4&utm_campaign=pfp-share&fb_ref=Default

LHFC’S 5 NEW LIONS AND LIONESSESS

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The England Homeless Football Team, since its formation have always had a strong Liverpool connection since its formation in 2002, lets not forget, the very first captain, was from Liverpool, the very first womens goalscorer for England was from Liverpool.

Lions and Lionessess 2015

Lions and Lionessess 2015

Every year since Liverpool have been represented either by having a coach, mentor or a player.

This year The Homeless FA ran a training center with Everton FC  along with others right across the country, Craig Campbell, Richard Jamieson, Curtis Connick, Jessica Brumskill, and Drew Preedy were chosen to play for team England  this year. This weekend they travelled to St. Georges Park to complete a 3 day trainning centre, with players from all across the country.

They will go on to play at the Homeless World cup in Amsterdam, Portugal, or one of many other tournaments this year for #Team England.

Once again as well as players, LHFC had 5 coaches and peer mentors who will be at the tournaments with the players.

Once again I think you will join us in congratulating not only the Liverpool contingent but also all the players, coaches and peer mentors who are part of Team England this year.

Top 6 for England Women at Homeless World Cup

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This year we have seen the England Under 21’s men bow out of there tournament, The women are waiting for a quarter final on Sunday morning.

However In Amsterdam in Sept , England will have a mens and England team, competing against 64 other nations, in a 4- a side street spectacular tournament.

Today The Homeless World Cup announced the seedings, The ladies in what will only be there 4th Tournament are ranked 6th in the world, While the men are ranked 33rd.

 

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Pre season training begins.

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Today saw LHFC 11 a side team begin training for this years Saturday league in the Zingari combination.

Hoping to build on the success of the last two seasons, which included a cup semi Final, the lads are hoping to take the new league by soon so if you’re interested and want to join the squad!

Have a history of Homelessness,are currently Homeless or part of an organisation that participates in LHFC’s projects please get in touch.

Vacancies also for photographers, social media writers and match reporters.

Ladies say no to Domestic Abuse!

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On Tuesday 2nd June the Power league on Whittle street was as busy as ever,  The pitches were full of footballers even despite the stormy weather.

However this was a tournament raising awareness around domestic Abuse.

Working with Liverpool County FA, The tournament is in its third year and 16 teams competed for two trophies.

The day began with Liverpool Ladies stars,  Tasha Dowie and Becky easton, along with Everton Ladies stars Paige willliams and Jess King, launching the tournament with Ballons of Hope.

The day began with teams split into two leagues, Merseyside police, st Julies, etc the teams who play regulary in one  leauge and teams who had not played before such as Adelaide House,  Shap Elizabeth Arden House, Addaction.

Moorecrofts solicitors sponsored the Adelaide House team, wearing t shirts with no to Domestic abuse , and the rest going to Merseyside domestic Violence service.

The football began, and even deputy Mayor and deputy Police crime commissioner Ann O Byrne pulled on a kit.

The football came and the Football went  congratulations to the allo teams especially  Kidsgrove athletic and LHFC who won the two trophies.

The day was also the culmination of four tournaments run with liverpool County FA, and Anne marie Wild from Addaction won player of the year for her efforts all year.

LHFC ladies team were all awarded  medals for representing LHFC all season in Futsal.

Sarah Barr our super keeper won the players player of the year while Jess Brumskill won coaches player of the year.

 

On  the day the message went out no to Domestic abuse.

Big thanks also to Graham Stuart EFC legend who came and presented medals  and Morecrofts and Food for all who sponsored the goody bags.

And to the many more who supported the day!

Please find the following press reports on the day

.2015 Women Against Domestic Abuse Football Cup – Poster (3)

Radio Merseyside 22 mins in

Everton in the community

Merseyside Police crime commissioner

Liverpool fc

 

 

 

Ladies coach hits the spot for the Lionesses at the World Cup.

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Last night LHFC ladies coach Fara Williams  scored a pressure penalty to give England ladies a 2 goal lead at the Womens world cup V Columbia last night in Montreal.

A game England won 2-1 saw them finish second in the group, and face Norway in the last 16 in Canada, all at LHFC wish the lionesses all the best for the rest of the tournament.fifa-womens-world-cup-england-fara-williams-penalty_3316108We will be cheering on Monday night! Come on England !

11a Side to begin for LHFC

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While the premiership fixtures were released on Wednesday morning, the teams were on the beach!

The staff of LHFC are lying down plans for the 11 aside team, after last year reaching a semi final and competing in the CMS league, which has now sadly disbanded, LHFC begin the look out for the next stars of the future.

So if you have experienced Homelessness, or are currently Homeless why not come along to our trials this Saturday 20/06/15 @ 2pm at Walton Hall Park (on the 11 a side pitches on the field at the back of the sports center.)

Interested please email us at info@liverpoolhomelessfootballclub.com or call Carl on 07749474722

LHFC NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARD.

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LHFC are pleased to announce we  have been nominated for the Community group multi strand of the National Diversity Awards.

The National Diversity Awards ­ a prestigious black tie event, which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in today¹s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.

The National Diversity Awards will be held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, September 18th 2015 where there are several award categories including Positive Role Model and Community Organisation Awards, which will be split into five categories including race & religion/faith, age, disability, gender and LGBT. Other awards include the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award, Diverse Company of the Year Award and Lifetime Achiever Award.

Why not vote for LHFC and tell us why https://t.co/S4nTNwZhWE  or check out http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/  and see some of the fantastic work what is going on around the UK.

LHFC team up with premiership giants to show racism the red card

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The panel  for show racism the red card with Vice chair Mervyn Lynch.

The panel for show racism the red card with Vice chair Mervyn Lynch.

Liverpool Homeless Football Club together with Everton stars are backing a national campaign that uses football to educate against racism.

LHFC patrons and long term supporters of LHFC Everton and England ladies goalkeeper Rachel Brown, and premiership referee Chris Foy were also present along with Everton star Seamus Coleman, Show racism the red card ambassador former football Leroy Rosenior and vice chair of LHFC Mervyn Lynch all took part in a question and answer session with children from Sefton and Liverpool to demonstrate their support for the anti-racism charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.

The panel spoke to youngsters about why it is important to use the power of sport to tackle racism.

Coleman said: “For kids at such a young age it’s vital for them to understand what racism is so they deal with it and can report it if anything happens. It’s great to come along and show my support to causes like this.”

England and Everton Ladies goalkeeper, Rachel Brown, commented: “Supporting Show Racism the Red Card is important because in today’s society, prejudice of any kind is no longer acceptable.”

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, added: “This kind of event is ideal for addressing the subject of racism and thanks to the support of Everton in the Community we have been able to organise an event that is both educational and fun. We are confident that the anti-racist message presented further illustrates Everton Football Club’s commitment to tackling racism through education and will help show young people from the area that there is no room for racism in Liverpool, in football or in society.”

Mike Mills, Engagement Officer for Everton in the Community said: “We are pleased to be able to support Show Racism the Red Card on behalf of the Club. Here at Everton, we work tirelessly to ensure that Goodison Park is for all and supporting causes such as this is just one way in which we aim to make Everton for all.”

 John Finnigan chairman LHFC stated “Racism in all forms should be stamped out; it has no place in our society. LHFCs belief is that we are all equal and should fight and defend the rights of individuals and those who are persecuted”

LHFC Pay the Penalty

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LHFC 2 Yew Tree 2

Both sides shared a point each today in the Margret Lloyd Cup.

LHFC  were boosted by the return of Chris Parkinson, Leon Walker and club captain Martin McClure. The side were also boosted with a debut from Joey Savin.

Yew tree took the lead when a cross from the right side found a striker unmarked to head home, very soon after that Chris Parkinson, made it 1 apiece with a goal from a free kick on the edge of the box.

Once again the speed of Yew tree forwards were keeping the LHFC  defence and keeper on there toes, however the yew tree keeper as the busiest making three great saves. LHFC were given a penalty for handball however this was hit over the bar by debutant Joey Savin.

The second  half began more lively for LHFC, but Yew tree were dangerous on the counter  attack and once again a gross from the right led to a goal for Yew tree.

The chances kept coming for LHFC  and a few good saves by yew tree keeper and woeful finishing kept it 2-1 however Chris Parkinson  found himself in space in the box and slotted past the keeper to make it 2-2.

15 minutes to go neither side could find the winner so a point each.

Full back terry corrigan in ac

Man of the Match

Chris Parkinson

edges it for his two goals.

Next up Victoria Memorial Sat 22nd 14:30 Walton Hall Park

Margret Lloyd Memorial Cup

Last minute blow for pink ladies

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LHFC Ladies 5  Long Lane Ladies 6

A last minute goal gave Long lane victory in a closely fought encounter at Wavetree tonight in the Livepool County FA futsal fives.

LHFC took the lead with a great goal by Jess lomax and had the better, of the first 10 minutes, and should have been 2 or 3 up, with chances from all 4 ladies, Long lane got back and went 2-1 in front, before Jess again made it 2-2 ,  Long lane went 3-2 in front, before an equalizer from Stacey Bridge made it 3 a piece at half time.

After the break, it was mostly one way for long lane ladies who went 5-3 in front, but Jess Lomax scored a beauty from the half way line, before new girl Lorraine made it 5- 5

With 4 minutes to go, LHFC lost one of there players through injury it was 4-5 and the match was end to end  and the last minute Long lane won it.

Once again another great performance from the girls.

Injury Hit Maroons battle bravely against the Blues

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EvertonPLH 6 LHFC 1

LHFC were up against it from the start, with two of the back four out, and infulential midfielder Craig Jenkins out, 30 minutes before Kick off , news filtered through that Captain Martin McClure, ruled out with a groin injury. This left Michael Edwards as the only regular member of the back four.
Hopes were boosted with Liam senior making his debut.
The game began as it was to be most of the a game with EPL attacking, and there two forwards taking advantage of the makeshift back four.
Within two minutes EPL went ahead, and should have been 2 or three up before Ray Dermott got his 29th of the season with a great finish to make it 1-1.
LHFC were forced to make another change when Player coach Eric Horton, had to come off with an hamstring.
LHFC were living on the edge with the speed of the EPLH attack, and a few great saves by Keeper Andy Atherton kept LHFC in the game,
However it wasn’t all one way , LHFC had a few more chances in the first half and the attack of Ray and Mark were causing a few problems . However Everton went in 3-1 at half time.
The second half was mostly the same EPLH making the most of the lack of pace in the back four, However LHFC had more chances and probably should have scored a few themselves in the second half.
The final score was 6-1.
Its fair to point out LHFC had 4 key players injured for this game and one more who could not turn up, so the players who came in done a battling Job against a side going for the title, Liam had a great debut and showed more to come.
It was a competitive game against two sides in the CMS that use football to change Lives! So good luck to EPLH

Man of the Match:
Liam senior impressed on his debut , and all the team never stopped. but MOM will go to keeper Andy Atherton who really kept the Everton score down at times.

Next Up: Yew tree 14:30 Walton Hall Park Sat 15th March Margret LLoydd Memorial Cup,

2014 BEGINS FOR THE LADIES

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LHFC ladies 2 woolton ladies 10
The scoreline was a bit harsh on the ladies who put up a good fight, Jessica Louise Lomax scored twice , while Sarah once again was great on goal, Sammy and Stacey were all over the pitch but player of the match was becca, who set at the back and was breaking up attack after attack what woolton ladies were doing.
Once again a great effort by the five ladies in Pink.

Team

Sarah Barr, Jess Lomax, Becca Mushrow, Sammie Kelly, Stacey Bridge.

Dry Sports Bar at Isla Gladstone

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Dry Sports Bar at Isla Gladstone

A family day in North Liverpool this weekend will see the launch of the city’s first dry sports bar.

Families are invited to the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park to watch the Arsenal v Everton game together this Sunday (December 8), while sampling a range of delicious non-alcoholic cocktails courtesy of mixologists from Hotel Indigo.

Activities will be taking place throughout the day including beat the goalie, crossbar challenge, face painting and caged football; there will be a buffet and nibbles during half time, and Everton FC charity Everton in the Community is hosting a raffle with club prizes up for grabs.

Earlier in the day, five-a-side football teams from local community organisations will also compete for the Beautiful North Cup, coordinated by LHFC.

The dry sports bar has been set up as part of the Beautiful North partnership, with an aim of encouraging healthier lifestyles and shared family activities in North Liverpool.

It will offer an alternative football experience in a safe environment; the idea behind the dry bar is backed by evidence of the link between alcohol consumption and anti-social behaviour and incidents of domestic violence around scheduled football matches.

If the pilot is successful there will be opportunities to run the dry sports bar on a more permanent basis to promote other local sporting events as well as football games.

Project outreach champion John Finnigan said: “We are piloting the dry sports bar to offer an alternative football experience for families and those who choose not to drink alcohol, as well as providing a quality offer to football fans.”

All food, mocktails and activities are free to those who attend. Free tickets are available by contacting john.finnigan@neighbourhoodinvestor.com.

The dry sports bar and family fun day is supported by Plus Dane Group, Vimto, the Beautiful North initiative, the Isla Gladstone Conservatory, Liverpool Homeless FC and Everton in the Community.

Help us make children affected by Homelessness smile christmas day

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When LHFC was formed in 2007, the committee always wanted the club to be more than football.

In 2010, LHFC ran the first Christmas present appeal for children in family hostels, domestic violence units and mother and baby units across merseyside.The response was amazing   Sharon from Our house in Birkenhead who were one of the recipients last year stated “.the gifts made a big difference to Christmas Day for our service users”. The generosity of the people across Merseyside and beyond has been amazing, and we hope this continues.

Jenko a current member of the 11 a side team, states ” Im bringing a present next week when I come to footy #give something back”

This is our third year and the response so far has been amazing , mode trainning college in Liverpool is asking for presents, so is Rainhill Rockets a junior football team in Rainhill are asking there children to bring a present  to the Christmas party.

Steve Barton secretary states ” Christmas is a sad time for a lot of people, a lot of parents will be struggling to get by,will not have families to go to, so the difference one present may make to each child in a family hostel may be priceless, the reality is there is a chance that these children may wake up to nothing, also it causes stress amongst parents, so by having something to give, it will release a bit of pressure of them .”

All we ask is you buy a present , wrap it up write boy or girl and age and drop it at one of our drop off points

Drop off points

Liverpool

  • Liverpool 1 Bridewell : 1 Campbell Square, Argyle Street, L1 5FB
  • Cards 4 Scousers: Urban winter Village, Williamson Square,
  • LHFC office : LCVS 151 Dale street, L2 2AU.
  • Liverpool YMCA, 15 Leeds Street, L3 6HU.
  • Liverpool County FA, Liverpool County FA, Walton Hall Park L4 9XP
  • Whitechaple Centre Langsdale Street L3 8DU

Sefton

  • Absolute Yoga: 121 Oxford Road Crosby L22 7RE
  • Livnstyles: 75 strand Road , Bootle L20 4BB

Warrington

  • Carphone warehouse, 1 Kelvin close, Birchwood, Warrington
  • University of Chester: Crab Lane, birchwood, Warrington

Early start too much for light blues

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Claremont 4 LHFC 2 

Due to the Merseyside Derby today’s game at Breckside Park was an early kick off.

The game started well for LHFC  went they went ahead in the 15th Minute through a strike from Mark O Neil, LHFC should have had a few more, and missed a few chances, This allowed claremont to get a grip on the game. Andy Atherton in goal for LHFC pulled off a few saves, as LHFC struggled to get a grip in the game, Claremont were denied what looked like a penalty in the 30th Minute, it wasnt long before The home side equalized.

HT 1-1

The second half started the same with Claremont piling on the pressure and it wasnt long before they made it 2-1 , then 3-1 before going 4 -1 up with 20 minutes to go.

LHFC woke up and started to put pressure on the hosts, and Craig jenkins scored an exqisuite chip from the edge of the area.  despite last ten minutes Pressure the game finished 4-2, no complaints from LHFC the best team won

Team  Andy Atherton, Terry Corrigan, Lee Green, John cronin, Martin Mclure, Mark Oneill, Ray Dermott, Craig Jenkins, Dave Brotheridge,Michael Edwards, Danny Leonard .

Subs Anthony Bleasdale, Steve Barton

Goals: Mark O Neil, Craig Jenkins

MOM: Michael Edwards was solid as full back in his first start, he rarley lost a tackle, Craig Jenkins scored a brilliant goal and was always a threat when he had the ball, however Andy Atherton on his debut in goal, kept LHFC in the hunt with a string of great saves so he just pips it.

Training for Men’s 11-a-side Team begins! Meet the Manager!

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Pictures produced by Chris McIntyre (christophermcintyrephotos1986@gmail.com)
Words By Ben Carpenter

Liverpool Homeless Football Club are pleased to announce that the long wait for an 11 a side team is finally over. Ryan Lewis has been appointed as coach and manager. He took his first training session last night and we carried out an interview with him to hear from the man at the helm of this new and exciting programme for Liverpool Homeless Football Club.

Training is on every Wednesday at Everton Lifestyles Sports Centre between 17:00-18:00.

PLEASE be there at 16:45.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to play – please contact us

How did you get involved in football coaching?

I first became interested in coaching whilst at university where I was studying for my degree in Sports. While at university I was given the opportunity to have a go at coaching and I was at that point that I know it was something I was going to peruse. My passion for coaching has developed over the years and lead to me now become a qualified FA Licensed coach.

Tell us a bit about your coaching experiences?

I have had the opportunity to coach many wonderful teams working with a range of grassroots clubs up to elite level players and even coaching at the Manchester FA Centre of Excellence. The best part of coaching for me is seeing how much a player develops when they are engaged in the game in the right way. Football is so powerful at bringing the best out of people and can really help to boost confidence and communication skills!

What should the players expect from you and your training sessions?

I am firm but fair! I try to make my sessions as engaging as possible, challenging players to be the best that they can be. I always try to ensure that players are challenged, motivated and enjoy the session whilst developing their understanding of the principles of play. I use a range of techniques to help players increase their knowledge of the game and in creating well- organised teams capable of playing football in an attractive and attacking style to get the best out of the players with a focus on progression and development of skills.

What do you demand from the players?

I expect that players always have a good attitude, show respect, have commitment to the club and the game, have a passion to succeed and that they listen and are open minded to new ways of working. I am all about playing and learning with the blinkers off!

What attracted you to apply for the post with LHFC?

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with a LHFC as for me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions I’ve ever held. I have had several discussions with the chairman and I feel that I share their vision for the future progress of the club. This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead. When I realised how big the homeless league and scene was I could see the potential that the club could have in being really successful and I feel excited at having the opportunity to be the person to take the club to new heights!

What do you think you can bring to the club?

I think that my skill at being able to assess strengths and weaknesses within a team will help us as a club be able to play to our strengths better and turn

weaknesses in to real strengths! Hopefully my passion and enthusiasm will be infectious enough to inspire the players to want to develop their skills to the level that will allow the club to gain real, positive recognition for the standard the players will hopefully achieve. My vision is that the club and the players will gain recognition for their skills and reputation and that we can start producing players that then have the opportunity to move on to play at world cup level like those playing in Mexico this year

Do you have a role model or favourite coach/manager?

My favourite coach/manager of all time has got to be Brian Clough because I admire him for his passion and determination and sheer hard work in developing individual players, the team and the club. (if I had to have a second though, it would probably José Mourinho because of his coaching style, philosophy, and obvious deep passion for the game which has helped him achieve an amazing managerial record of almost 69% since 2000!)

Controversially – which team do you support?!

Manchester United!

Jess & Becca lead the way for Women’s Football in Merseyside

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Pictures by Chris McIntyre

This week Everton in the Community arranged a small training session led by Rachel Brown for some of the girls who have been taking part in the selection process for the Homeless World Cup. Many media outlets were keen to take a look at the stars of the show; Jessica Lomax & Rebecca Mushrow who will be travelling to Mexico next week.

 

LHFC sent along our very own volunteer journalist Declan McSweeney to update us with the latest instalment of the ‘Road to Mexico’ adventure…

Liverpool Homeless Football Club (LHFC) has been in existence since 2007, and is linked to the Homeless FA, who were recently established to co-ordinate the National Team going to the 2012 Homeless World Cup.

While initially the focus was solely on homeless men, in latter months, women have begun to get involved. Two young local women, Jessica Lomax (pictured right) from Huyton and Becca Mushrow from Toxteth, have been selected as part of the England team which will be involved in the Homeless World Cup in Mexico City, starting on October 6 and continuing to October 14.
As part of the selection process for Mexico, the Homeless FA & LHFC have worked closely with Everton in the Community to deliver a 6 week course this summer, and when you visit a training session, you will see that the women are dressed in Everton gear. (In addition to Everton, the Homeless FA also engaged other clubs around England to support the initiative in their own areas , namely Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal.)
Henry Mooney, Engagement Officer, Everton in the Community, said that the project gave the women a chance to qualify for Community Sports Awards. He stressed that it gave them greater confidence and helped them make friends.
One of the players, Gillian Velkoza, said she started playing just six weeks ago, and is hoping to get a team organised in Liverpool’s Whitechapel Centre. Her twin sister (they are, in fact, two of triplets), Louise, got involved at the same time, and says she is ‘excited’ about getting involved, and wants to train as a football coach.

Chairman of LHFC John Finnigan was pleased to reveal that training for Women on Merseyside will continue with weekly LHFC sessions delivered by Rachel Brown. This will commence towards the end of October and John added ‘we are keen to build on the success and enthusiasm created over the summer’. Stay tuned for more information on this.
Jess Lomax has been playing football since she was 10, but only got involved in LHFC four months ago. She hopes to become a professional player.

Becca Mushrow has also played since she was a child and is looking forward to a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ in Mexico. She adds she is ‘lucky to be coached by Rachel and Fara”, referring to Rachel Brown and Fara Williams (Becca & Fara in action below).

Rachel, a goalkeeper with Everton’s ladies’ team, has also played for England and was on Team GB during the Olympics. She has been a patron of LHFC for the past six years and is full of praise for its work. Fara Williams, who is a national patron of the Homeless FA, has been an England captain, and has personal experience of homelessness.

Last year’s Homeless World Cup was won by Scotland, which is again entering this year, while Wales is entering for the first time. There is no team from Northern Ireland, though there is one from the Republic of Ireland. In all, over 50 countries will be represented at the Mexican games.

The Homeless World Cup Foundation explains that it “uses the power of football to attract homeless people and offer them the chance to change their lives.

Homelessness can force people into isolation, which affects their ability to share, communicate their thoughts and work with others. Day-to-day survival needs take priority over longer term planning – often resulting in a chaotic lifestyle.”

It adds “When a homeless person gets involved in football they communicate and build relationships with others; they become teammates, learning to trust and share; they have a responsibility to attend training sessions and games, to be on time and prepared to participate. They feel part of something.

These skills and attributes are all transferable to daily life and therefore help homeless people see that they can change their lives.

Our National Partners provide, or provide access to, the professional services needed – educational, employment, health or legal advice. National Partners also run tournaments and trials to select the eight players who make the journey to the annual tournament each year, and support them in making the most of this experience on their return afterwards… moving on in their lives and becoming the models and ambassadors for other homeless people in their countries.

Whilst the national teams are important and the players go on to have a life-changing experience at the tournament, they are only the tip of the iceberg and represent only a small proportion of the people positively impacted by our work.”

For further information on the games, see http://www.homelessworldcup.org/

Pride of Merseyside

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Liverpool Homeless Football Club win the Community Group Award at this year’s Echo Pride of Merseyside Awards.

The annual event, sponsored by SE Group, was held this year at the prestigious Hilton Hotel in Liverpool One. The awards evening was organised by the Liverpool Echo and brought together the great and the good from across the region.

Alaistair Machray, Editor of the Liverpool Echo, opened the evening by explaining that “Tonight is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the extraordinary achievements of people & organisations who, day after day, hour after hour, put others ahead of themselves.”

Machray handed over to local favourites Liz McClarnon (Atomic Kitten) & Andrew Lancel (Coronation STreet & The Bill) who took enormous pleasure in introducing 9 different awards. The categories included:

Courageous Child Award

Education Award Friend Award

Merseyside Community Award

Arts Award

Fat Gary Sports Sporting Achievement Award

Community Group Award

Charity Organisation Award

Pride of Merseyside Award

Liz and Andrew were joined by a host of local celebrities in announcing the winners of each category. It had to be said that all the nominations were truly remarkable and listening to their achievements was a humbling experience for all. The judges really had their work cut out to select the winner in each category.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the loudest cheer of the night came when LHFC were announced as the winners of the Community Group Award. Hollyoaks star Alex Fletcher revealed that the winners “consistently helped some of the most marginalised members of our society to turn their lives around”.

Chairman John Finnigan (pictured above right next to Vice Chair Mervyn Lynch) was over the moon. “This award is fantastic recognition for all the hard work that has been put in by everyone associated with LHFC. Thank you so much”.

As well as the volunteer staff of LHFC, three players were also present at the evening event; Steve Williamson, Aaron Flaherty (both pictured above) & James Buckley were there representing the hundreds of homeless people that have been helped by LHFC. Aaron revealed “Winning this award tonight means more to me that when I won my recent player of the season award”.

James Buckley claimed that “This award is perfect, and LHFC deserve it. They have done so much and it’s just the beginning.” Steve Barton (Club Secretary) and Mervyn Lynch were of a similar opinion discussing how this award can help to catapult us where we want to be.

Ben Carpenter who is now working as a project officer for LHFC summed it up when he said “Winning the award is the icing on the cake for what has been a great week for the club”.

Watch this space for more information.

 

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