MFRS launches new Kicks Football Plus programme with Liverpool FC Foundation
Friday, 03 March 2017
Football legend Gary McAllister paid a very special visit to Toxteth Fire Fit Hub as the Liverpool FC Foundation teamed up with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to deliver new practical and educational activities to local youngsters.
Kicks Football Plus is a new collaborative initiative between the club's official charity, the LFC Foundation, Premier League and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
Through the use of football as an incentive, the schme will provide a range of practical and education activities to participants to help encourage personal growth and development.
To celebrate the launch of the new programme, club ambassador McAllister attended the preview event at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, which showcased some of the activities that Kicks Football + will be offering to local youngsters.
Some of the sessions that will be delivered via Kicks Football Plus will include: emergency first aid, road safety, safe internet use, arson awareness and the dangers of knife crime.
Andrea Cooper, head of Liverpool FC Foundation, said: "I am delighted that we have renewed and extended our partnership with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. I believe that by working collaboratively we can reach out to and engage with many more youngsters in the most deprived areas across the city and help tackle the key issues."
Phil Garrigan, deputy chief fire officer for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, added: "Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has a long and proud relationship with the LFC Foundation, where we have worked together to bring opportunities to young people from underprivileged backgrounds across Merseyside.
"Through diversionary events and workshops we have sought to engage young people to reduce their chances of succumbing to fire-related antisocial behaviour, either as perpetrators or victims, and to help build safer, stronger communities.
"We are delighted to be part of the Kicks Programme to encourage young people to build confidence, develop life skills, grow their self-esteem and hopefully progress towards further education or employment."