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LFC Foundation and ASCC to host family fun day this Friday

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:05

LFC Foundation and Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC) are hosting a free family fun day this Friday, August 23.

Held at ASCC from 11am to 3pm, the day will feature activities for all the family including arts and crafts, music, flower planting and face painting as well as football and multi-sports on inflatable pitches.

LFC's official club mascot, Mighty Red, will also be on hand to meet children and their families and a free lunch will be served to under-16s. 

No advance registration is required - families can just come along on the day. 

Click here for more information on LFC Foundation’s programmes and activities.

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'Seeing Malawi kids run around in Sadio Mane shirts was just brilliant'

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 09:42

"Wherever we went, we saw kids running around in Sadio Mane shirts," reflects KitAid founder Derrick Williams MBE.

In September 2018, orphans in the African country of Malawi received boxes full of donated Liverpool FC shirts bearing Mane's name.

When the Reds star changed squad numbers from No.19 to No.10 months prior, supporters were given the opportunity of a like-for-like exchange of their 2018-19 replica jerseys.

In total, more than 250 'Mane 19' shirts were exchanged at LFC stores and then handed to KitAid, who worked with Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) to help distribute them to underprivileged children in Malawi.

The charity recently spent a week in the Mulanje region of the nation and witnessed first hand the heart-warming impact the Mane shirts had provided.

"Seeing the kids run around in the Mane shirts is brilliant because it just sums up the whole thing about kids loving football," Williams tells Liverpoolfc.com.

"Wherever you are in the world, it doesn't matter and they're running around thinking they're Mane. They watch all the games and they know Liverpool really well, so that makes it really special. 

"It's hard to describe in words sometimes, but some of these kids have never had a kit before. We've got a saying: 'It's more than just a shirt'. It's lots and lots of things.

"It means they can play, there's the whole thing about inclusion – if they don't have a kit, often they can't play in the league.

"Even down to the very basic things of being given something is unique because they're not used to anybody giving them anything."

KitAid sponsored a three-day tournament during their visit. Before the final, an exhibition between teams wearing the kit of Liverpool and Everton was played, with the Blues emerging 2-1 winners.

Derrick continues: "During the game, a coach with us from the Liverpool FA was making comments like, 'That No.19 is good'. He didn't realise there were multiple No.19s!

"In total, we handed out around 1500 items of kit during the week. It's not all Liverpool kit, we get it from various sources. 

"We visited many of the 14 FOMO-run Malawi orphan supports centres and handed out kit. They've all got their own teams, the kids are all mad on football, so we just kept handing out kits at every one."

KitAid work closely with the LFC Foundation and had a drop-off point at Anfield ahead of the Legends charity match with AC Milan Glorie in March this year.

A van-load of shirts were collected on the day and, along with items donated later, were shipped out to Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Malawi in June.

"We were really pleased to be there because it brings us into contact with Liverpool fans and we're keen to have that link," Williams concludes. "It continues the link that we have with the LFC Foundation.

"We met a lot of people a lot of people and it gives us the chance to explain what we do and what KitAid is about.

"Liverpool were the first ever club that came on board with KitAid, so we're proud of that heritage."

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Anfield foodbank collections kick off on a high

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 09:00

Liverpool would like to thank fans who made a donation to the foodbank ahead of the opening Premier League fixture against Norwich City earlier this month.

A total of 725kg of food was collected at the game and by LFC staff, which equates to 48 emergency food parcels providing over 450 meals.

As part of LFC's dedication to tackle food poverty, the club's Red Neighbours community programme backs the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative and hosts foodbank collections at every home game.

Collected items are made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis in North Liverpool, which incorporates the club's surrounding postcodes of L4, L5 and L6.

Last season, Red Neighbours collected over 9,000kg of food - that's a total of 3,037 people fed.

Supporters attending games can drop off any non-perishable food donations at the foodbank collection points, which are located on Anfield Road, next to the club's Family Park, and inside the Anfield superstore on Walton Breck Road as well as Homebaked bakery on Oakfield Road.
 
The Anfield Road collection point is open three hours before kick-off and remains open for 15 minutes after kick-off. Food can be dropped off at the Anfield superstore during its opening hours and at Homebaked before kick-off.
Some priority items include:

  • UHT milk
  • Long-life juice or cordial
  • Coffee
  • Jar pasta/curry sauce
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Instant mash
  • Rice pudding/custard
  • Jam
  • Toiletries
  • Cup-a-soup/noodles
  • Washing tablets

All food collected will be donated to the North Liverpool Foodbank.

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Quiz: Can you remember the scorers of the last 18 Anfield hat-tricks?

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 08:30

Liverpool's No.9 scored a hat-trick when Arsenal visited Anfield last season as part of a comprehensive 5-1 win.

That represents the most recent occasion a Reds player has netted a treble on home turf.

Ahead of the Gunners' return to L4 on Saturday, can you name the scorers of the last 18 Liverpool hat-tricks at Anfield? We've given you the season and opposition to help...

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