LHFC Ladies Flock for Futsal!

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 from left to right: back row Jess, Natasha, Demi, Tina, Natalie, Cecilia, Diane, Michelle, Kim
front row: Joyce, Ash, Becca, Sam, Lisa
Words By Ben Carpenter,  Images by Christopher McIntyre

Last week saw the LHFC ladies form a team for the first time and take centre stage in the Liverpool Ladies Futsal League. For many, it was their first taste of competitive football action but nerves and shyness were left in the changing room as the team put in a stunning league debut.

Despite losing the match to League Leaders The Liverpool Futsal Ladies, there were many encouraging signs that this LHFC team can unsettle some well established teams in the division. The first half was a close contest with both teams competing hard in all areas of the pitch. LHFC Ladies were under a lot of pressure but they defended excellently and were well organised in breaking down the opposition attacks.

The futsal format of the game is very different to normal 5-a-side; the ball is much smaller and heavier and play must be controlled within the painted lines – not off the walls. The game improves players passing skills and their overall technique. It is commonly played in Brazil and Spain. Credit must be given to Tina and Lisa who bravely did some time in goal ‘between the sticks’.IMG_8552

When LHFC won possession of the ball, their game plan became quite clear as they looked to release star striker Jess Lomax. Jess led several counter attacks and was not shy in unleashing her deadly right foot to claim a first half hat-trick! More resolute defending by all the girls meant that the score at half time was 5-3 to Liverpool Futsal Ladies.

After the break more defensive duties were required from LHFC and this was typified by Becca who continued to put her body on the line – sometimes quite literally! Cecilia became the latest player to try her hand on goal and she proved to be an excellent shot stopper especially considering the weight of the futsal ball!

As the game drew on, the superior fitness of the opposition led to a flurry of goals which seemed to put the Liverpool Futsal Ladies out of sight. But there was still time for one last come back and debutant Natasha carried the ball into the opposition territory only to be fouled as she was about to pull the trigger. It was a nasty fall which had the crowd gasping as Natasha hit the floor! After recovering her bearings and dusting herself down, Natasha smashed the free kick past the helpless goalie and restored some LHFC  pride!

IMG_8550The final score of 11-5 was not reflective of the contest and was not the main feature of the night. The feeling throughout the team was of tremendous pride and sense of achievement. Coach James Buckley said proudly “All the girls did really well tonight. It’s very difficult to play Futsal and to play against such tough opposition in the first week was a real challenge but we did really well. We hit the post a few times and we improved throughout the game! I’m looking forward to next week already”

Becca revealed after the game; “It’s great to have so many (girls) turning up tonight! We feel like a proper team now and everyone is just buzzing at the moment! I think some of them have found a new hobby!”.

Training will continue for the girls each week and their coach Fara Williams will have one job just to try and contain their excitement. Tune in here next week to hear more about the LHFC Ladies as they continue in the Liverpool Futsal League!

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Echo Wish Tokens provide a January Pick-Me-Up for LHFC!

Liverpool Homeless Football Club took part in the Liverpool Echo’s Cash for Community Project 2012. Last week the club were awarded £151.15 for their efforts and this will be put into a special budget to pay for an end of season celebration day!

The Echo launched the Cash for Communities Project in October 2012 and for seven weeks they printed Wish Tokens in the paper each day. As part of the campaign, LHFC and 200 other not for profit groups were asked to collect as many tokens as possible. Every token counts was the campaign slogan as each group would receive a percentage of the £25,000 pot depending on how many tokens they collected.

The groups ranged from well established organisations such as Zoe’s Place and Everton in the Community to smaller groups such as Scouts and Brownie groups. Liverpool Homeless Football Club managed to collect Fifteen thousand, eight hundred and seventy one wish tokens. Once they were all cut out and stuck down there was a nervous wait whilst the Echo had the unenviable task of counting everyone’s tokens.

Last week the totals were announced and we were awarded £151.15 for our efforts. We would like to thanks everyone who helped us collect the tokens! It really was a great team effort. Special praise should go to Craig Meddings, Campbell McCulloch, Phil Graves and John’s Mum for coordinating great collections! Thank you and please thank all of your contributors!

Chairman John Finnigan announced that the money would be put towards the celebration day the club holds at the end of the season in May. The day is a fantastic occasion where all of our players are rewarded for their participation throughout the season. There is food, entertainment and medals presented by club patrons. If anyone is interested, they should contact the club on liverpoolhomelessfootballclub@googlemail.com.

From Toxteth to the Zocalo!! A Mexican Adventure…

Mexico trip ‘the best experience of my life’ – Becca (Words By Declan McSweeney, Image by Chris Mcintyre)

TRAVELLING to Mexico City recently for the Homeless World Cup was “the best experience of my life”, says Toxteth’s Becca Mushrow, one of two members of Liverpool Homeless Football Club selected to be part of the England team, the other being Jessica Lomax from Huyton.

A keen footballer since childhood, Becca was encouraged to apply for the first England Women’s Team by her key worker in her hostel. Following a six week training session during the summer, coached by Rachel Brown and Fara Williams, in association with The Homeless FA and Everton in the Community, she was selected to go for a session at the Manchester United grounds, and from there she was picked along with Jess to be part of the eight women squad.

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Becca and Jessica travelled to Wembley to join team mates the day before the ten-day trip to Mexico. Over 50 countries took part in the games, and one of the first events was a visit to an Aztec temple. “This gave us an idea of the challenges ahead, because of the altitude,” Becca states.
The opening ceremony in the main square in Mexico City was a magnificent spectacle, with fireworks and stilt walkers playing a central role, she adds. Becca found herself captaining the team for the second game, against the host country. (See main image – Becca wearing the captains armband pictured with team mates Jess and Mauvhr)
Whilst in Mexico the teams from England, Scotland and Wales attended a reception at the British embassy and met the ambassador. At the closing ceremony, “We Are The Champions” was played as medals were presented and fireworks launched. Becca found it a tremendous experience to meet people from all over the world, and adds she has another 150 Facebook friends since her return, “I use Google Translate if they don’t have English”, she points out.

Describing James Buckley, who was also involved in coaching, as “my biggest inspiration”, Becca has also been busy since returning home. Becca has continued to play football and joined two new teams. She has also moved out of temporary accommodation into her own house and has enrolled to start college in September. LHFC have also helped her complete a course with Liverpool Community Radio station and she now hosts her own show!
Looking back at the benefits football has brought to her life, she states “Life was crazy before, but football got me off drugs.”IMG_1752

Listen to Becca talk about Homelessness, Football and her time in Mexico with the Homeless FA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r8NR7_0c6w&feature=youtube_gdata

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If0Gf1euyHU

LHFC Spread Christmas Cheer

It is January and the new year is fully under way but it is worth taking a look at the amazing amount of work that players and staff from Liverpool Homeless Football Club put in to spread Christmas cheer to others in need. Much of the work was led by club secretary Stephen Barton and the resident of the YMCA in Liverpool.

Using the Santa suits from the Annual Santa Dash, Steve led five more players and two fellow LHFC volunteers on a bike ride from the Pier Head to Alderhey hospital. At the end of the 9 mile ride the players were there to give Christmas presents to young children who are staying in the hospital.IMG_6906 Steve explained; “It’s a fantastic thing to do. We had to beg and borrow these bikes but it’s been brilliant, we’ve all done a great bit of exercise and now we are doing something really good for children who will be in hospital over Christmas.”

Not content with the Santa dash, the Alderhey bike ride and the winter clothes campaign, LHFC saved their best Christmas effort until last. All month the club have been collecting presents for homeless children. On the Saturday before Christmas, LHFC delivered nearly 100 presents to a several family hostels based across the region. It is the third year that LHFC have done this but never before were they able to deliver so much.

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Project Officer Ben Carpenter said “According to research there will be approximately 75,000 children who are without a home on Christmas Day. It’s a reminder that Christmas is not a happy time for everyone, so it’s great that the club are able to spread a bit of festive cheer to those who are not so fortunate this year.”

 

Thanks for your continued support.

 

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LHFC – Kicking Misery into History

Last month Liverpool Homeless Football Club produced a two hour documentary for Liverpool Community Radio. The show was the culmination of a four week training course that players and staff from LHFC had completed with the local internet radio station.

Development Officer Ben Carpenter along with club photographer Chris McIntyre and players Becca Mushrow and James Buckley formed an excellent team as they set about putting their new skills in to action. The course that was delivered by Liverpool Community Radio covered a range of things such as interview techniques, script writing and radio production. After only four weeks of instruction the team delivered their first live show.

The show was written and produced by the team and titled “LHFC- Kicking Misery into History”. It covers a range of subjects, includes some high profile guests and even throws in some live music. The two hour show was aired live on December the 13th and was a great success. You can listen to the show by clicking the following links.

Section 1 part 1: Homelessness, what does it mean?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD-tu1ExIDc

Section 1 part 2: Homelessness, what does it mean?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibJK5Zk6dTM

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Section 2: About the club http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N8ee5xlGlc

Section 3: Interview with Chris Mcintyre http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_hTVGGHJyQ

Section 4: Interview with Becca Mushrow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r8NR7_0c6w&feature=youtube_gdata

Section 5: Becca & the HWC  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If0Gf1euyHU

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Section 6 part 1: Fara Williams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdE4WNVgTV0&feature=youtube_gdata

Section 6 part 2: The future of LHFC & questions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRQq1Txr8kY

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We hope you enjoy the show. We would like to thank everyone at Liverpool Community Radio for their support, expertise and kindness throughout the four weeks course. We are hoping to feature on the channel again in the near future, watch this space!