WANTED: Football Journalists…

Calling all budding journalists… Writers, Photographers & Radio Producers…

LHFC are looking for volunteers to produce content for the website and help cover the fortunes of LHFC on local radio.

Do you think you could write a match report? Or, would you be able to interview and write up the stories that our players have to tell? Or, would you like to have a go at taking some photographs at our matchdays?

We are also looking for people to get involved in producing a radio show. In November 2011, LHFC players and Club Secretary Steve Barton, were interviewed on community radio station KVFM http://www.kvfm.co.uk/. Steve Farragher from KVFM was so impressed with the LHFC project that they made a donation to our cause and offered to take on two players on their next radio production course.

If you are interested in any of the roles mentioned above then please contact me at benthecarpenter@hotmail.co.uk .

All volunteers welcome especially residents at any of our parnter hostels.

MatchDay 4 – Photos and Results coming soon

Greetings LHFC fans!

Matchday 4 was completed last tuesday 24th January. Despite the damp weather there was a very good turnout and as usual; some quality football (and delicios soup) on offer.

The Matchday was the first opportunity for players to play competitively since christmas and it was good to get the football underway after a long break.

LHFC was also proud to welcome a visitor from Comic Relief. Steve Barton provided them with a whistle stop tour of the powerleague and i think they were very impressed with what they had to see (including Steve’s goalkeeping skills!).

Full results, league tables and photos from the day will be published soon.

More Case Studies have been added.


Inspirational Stories from the Phoenix Futures Team…

for more inspirational stories like this read the case studies; Players section

Aaron Flaherty

Aaron came out of prison in February 2011 and due to his dependency on drugs and alcohol he became homeless. He was lucky to get a place at the Phoenix Futures Residential in the Wirral where he began his rehabilitation.

The turnaround in fortunes for Aaron has been incredible. In the last 12 months he has worked with the staff to cure his addictions and he now has a really healthy lifestyle; “for the last 12 months I’ve been drink and drug free” Aaron proudly told me, “and my fitness is getting better and better all the time – I’m currently training for the Liverpool half marathon in March – I’ll be running to raise money for the Phoenix Centre”.

Aaron has worked really hard and is grateful for the help of all the staff at the phoenix centre. After attending the rehab residential centre at Phoenix Futures, Aaron moved into supported housing and is now on the verge of getting his own flat.

On top of this, Aaron is currently at Wirral College two days a week studying for a level two certificate in Health & Social Care.

Aaron tells me that he really loves going to college but you can tell that his real passion is football. When I ask him why he likes the LHFC project he laughs and says “It’s brilliant isn’t it!! I love football, I thought my playing days were over to be honest – but as long as my knees allow it I’ll be coming here to play”.

Aaron’s goal is to represent England at the Homeless World Cup in Mexico this October. I thought you’d retired from international football I asked? “No – I’ve changed my mind now!”



Chris (front row second from the left)

Chris is another inspirational member of the Phoenix Futures 5 a side team and like some of his team mates he has a similar story to tell…

Chris told me that he was suffering from his addiction to the point where he was committing crimes at night just to feed his habits during the day – “it wasn’t me – I’m normally a happy and outgoing person!”

After coming out of jail in 2009 he became homeless until he moved in to the Phoenix Futures Residential in the Wirral. It was here that his road to recovery began to take shape; progressing from the rehabilitation centre to supported housing in 2010 and then moving into his own place in 2011.

Chris was proud to tell me that he now has a girlfriend who he lives with and they are expecting their first child together. His life is turned around completely but he was keen to point out to me and his team mates that “You should not be scared to talk about your past” – something he learned from the phoenix centre.

Chris now has a job at the Jaguar Plant in Halewood but he still joins in with the football because he has always got so much from it. “I just want to give something back – the project helped me so I want to help others who are going through the things I went through”.

I’m about to ask him what it is he likes about the project but it’s too late – the ref is summoning the teams and a match is about to get under way… “We’re going to win the league someone shouts” and with that he’s off!

Christmas Toy Appeal a Huge Success

Hundreds of presents donated to LHFC were delivered to hostels across Merseyside on December 21st 2011. Club Chairman John Finnigan was accompanied by Club Secretary Steve Barton as they spread some christmas cheer. John was delighted with the amount of gifts that were wrapped and donated to this year’s toy appeal. John commented; “Last year (the toy appeal) was such a success i was worried we wouldn’t be able to live up to it – but everyone’s generosity and kindness has been outstanding. So many homeless children now have something to open on christmas day – if that is not the true spirit of christmas – i don’t know what is!!”

Above: Eric Houghton from MAS and Below: Jan from Yates Court (a Mother & Children’s Hostel) receiving a gift from John Finnigan.