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Jean’s LHFC Blog March 2018

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For those of you who don’t already know, I took over Ste Barton’s role as Engagement Officer in February, and in typical LHFC style, in a blink of an eye, March was here.
The month kicked off with an LHFC Volunteer meeting to confirm attendees supporting the men’s tournament that starts Tuesday 27th March.
“The Spirit of Merseyside League” I have been busy contacting all the hostels across The City Region inviting them to join the tournament. With the help of “Barto,” all the information packs have been sent out, and I’ve been visiting hostels with the new promo tournament flyer created by Fran. I have met lots of new people, and we now have 20 teams registered mid-March.
Ambition Sefton
Asylum links
Derby house
Green Lane Men’s Hostel
Launch Pad
Mental Health
Park View
Step one
Street League
Victory Outreach
I have met lots of new people, and so once again the tournament prep is in full swing.
The first month will raise awareness of racism within the sport, and we will be joined by the “Show Racism the Red Card” team. We can confirm that the lovely Gee Walker from The Anthony Walker Foundation will be opening the tournament.
I attended another very productive LHFC monthly staff meeting today at our HQ in LCVS. Tournament staff rotas confirmed all registered teams have been sent over to Stuey in the county FA, the Photographers have been briefed and all VIP visitors invited.
Last but not least, lunch will be provided by “The Back Kitchen” and staffed by 2 of our volunteer members Gary and Kev.

Our lovely community engagement worker, Shelly from Tesco Park Road will be kindly supporting the tournament with fresh fruit and juices.

Two weeks before the kickoff and we are all getting ready for the BBC to visit with a film crew to film one of our men’s football sessions at the Power League, Kirkdale, Liverpool. All teams are made up to hear our Patron John bishop will be joining the film crew, and we will be televised on Sport Relief. The excitement is contagious; the phone hasn’t stopped ringing to find out more about our Sport Relief filming date. In spite of us keeping our VIP visitors arrival date Top Secret, the team are thrilled that we will have a national platform to highlight what LHFC is all about. We can also demonstrate directly to the nation on primetime TV that we are about so much #MoreThanJustFootball

The teams arrived in high spirits as always and the day went fantastically well. Jess & Bucko were chosen to be interviewed and tell their stories, again they done LHFC proud they were terrific, giving heartfelt background accounts of what brought them to LHFC and where they in their life journeys now.

John Bishop was brilliant he cheered the teams on and stayed all afternoon chatting and posing for selfies with the teams. He had lunch with the teams and enjoyed one of our Veggie burgers from The Back Kitchen. I think the crew were pleasantly surprised to discover we catered for everyone as much as possible and loved the fact we also had soya milk.

Down at the power league with Liverpool homeless football club

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John AKA The Bish as the lads call him even made time to give lengthy interviews to our Liverpool John Moore’s University students who needed to do a study of our match days to measure community engagement and fitness levels focussing on improved mental health and wellbeing for participants in group physical activity and in our case football in particular.

The day ended with everyone on a natural high, one of the teams support workers from Tranmere Rovers Mental Health team called me later to say that one of his team couldn’t take the smile off his face.

Everyone had a great day, Sport Relief was aired and our CEO Finno was on first highlighting what why and how LHFC engages and supports some of the most vulnerable people in our great City.

The feedback we got, and the publicity was phenomenal, and hopefully will enable us to do more and reach more people.

Our CEO John Finnigan catching up with Chris Foy

Our ambassador Chris Foy made a special appearance at our first match day of the season! Therefore, our CEO John Finnigan couldn't wait to catch up with him about the organisation! #morethanjustfootball

Posted by Liverpool Homeless Football Club on Thursday, April 5, 2018

The visit was a perfect warm up to our “The Spirit of Merseyside League.”
The league day arrived, and it must have been one of the wettest this year. However, in spite of the rain we had a high turnout, all teams were registered and on the pitch by 10.00am where Gee Walker opened the tournament and kicked the first ball to great applause.

The CEO of Sovini group Roy Williams attended and presented LHFC with a generous cheque for £5000.00 from One Vision Housing who continue to support LHFC and sponsor the Men’s football league.

The day was another great success, our Ambassador Chris Foy gave a very moving speech, as did Ann O’Byrne our Deputy Mayor, both of whom have supported us from the start.
Click here to view our Spirit of Merseyside League page.

The County FA have all the scores and have set the fixtures for 24th April world health day, and we will be helping to raise awareness to men’s health and promoting self-health checks with visits from LiveWire, NHS, copafeel, and other support agencies.

There are still some places available so if anyone wants to register contact me asap. All details are on the website and our FaceBook page.
You can download a registration pack or email me on engagementofficer@liverpoolhomelessfootballclub.com

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