John Bishop confirmed as LHFC Patron

The wait is finally over, Liverpool Homeless Football Club are very proud to announce that comedian John Bishop has agreed to become an official club patron for the next two years. John visited us in March 2012 in the build up to his epic Sport Relief challenge where he travelled 295 gruelling miles from Paris to London in 5 days; cycling, swimming and running. John was raising awareness of sports projects that help people with their lives. John travelled to Sierre Leon to see the impact of the money that sport relief’ spends. He also chose to visit LHFC because it immediately struck a cord with him as Liverpool is his home and Football is a passion of his.

Chairman John Finnigan said; “We are delighted that someone like John has agreed to be our patron, he was a great guy when he visited us, he got stuck in with all the lads and really understood what we’re all about”. John joins other patrons Rachel Brown (Everton and England Goal Keeper) and Chris Foy (Premiership referee). Unfortunately John couldn’t attend this year’s presentation day but has promised to visit us again soon.

Check out this incredible video made by the BBC team at Sport Relief:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK3usQGEzgY&feature=youtu.be

 

More Silverware for LHFC @ Street2Feet National Championships

Liverpool Homeless Football Club reached the final of a national five a side competition held in Manchester this week. The tournament was called Street2Feet and was organised by homelessness charity Chapter 1.

The team was led by Gary Thomas and John Finnegan as they pitted their wits against 31 other teams who had come from across the country. After a successful morning, LHFC had topped their group and progressed through to the knock out stage. The afternoon was filled with drama and no one could hide their delight more than John Finnegan as he watched the lads reach the final. Unfortunately, luck was not on their side as they lost 3-0. But the trophy for second is quite impressive, i’m sure you’ll agree.

More to the point, the event was a huge success with all participants fully engaging in the spirit of the tournament. The tournament, had been selected by the Homeless FA to celebrate UEFA’s Grassroots Day 2012.

Head of the Homeless FA, Gareth Parker, said: “We have chosen to showcase this particular project as it is a great example of grassroots homeless football.” and he was full of praise for The Limes which is a supported housing project run by Chapter 1 in Manchester for 26 single men aged 16 to 30.

Mr Parker added: “Chapter 1 The Limes really stands out for the way in which they’ve developed the potential of football in such a positive way.” Chapter 1’s very own Dean Ashton, who organised the event, said: “Chapter 1 The Limes’ aim is to put on a great sporting event, raise awareness of homelessness, and demonstrate the positive impact of sport.

“This is our second national tournament and our fifth annual tournament. We hope it will become an annual event, and maybe even a launch pad for creating an inter-hostel sports academy.”

The tournament was officiated by FA qualified referees and played on high-quality Astroturf pitches. As well as the overall winner’s trophy there were prizes for runners-up and an award for the player of the tournament. Also the captain of the team who best demonstrated proper conduct within the spirit of the game was awarded a special fair play award.

Pauline Gaye, manager of Chapter 1 The Limes, said: “We offer residents sports leadership training, official coaching qualifications and volunteering opportunities. “The benefits are wider reaching.  Sport increases self-esteem and team work, encourages a healthy life-style and improves employability. It can change young lives for the better, forever.”

Final League Positions Available Now!!

The 2011-12 Homeless League came to an exciting conclusion last Tuesday 24th April. The results are now in and available under the Homeless League Section of the Website; Match Day 7 Results.

 

We should start with congratulations to the three run away leaders of each division; MAS, Big Issue and The Ark. Although their title’s were sewn up before the final day began, they finished in style with all three teams maintaining an unbeaten record throughout the day.

 

Commiserations must be issued to Field Lane and Homeground who suffered final day relegation to Division 2 and Division 3 respectively. I’m sure they’ll be looking to bounce straight back up next season!

 

It was a decent turn out again at the Powerleague on Scotland Road, but don’t be mistaken in thinking that this was the last bit of football action until September. On the 22nd May The annual Homeless Cup will take place. Watch this space for more details as the draw is unveiled tomorrow…