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Football legend Gary McAllister paid a special visit to Toxteth Fire Fit Hub to help launch a new initiative forged in partnership between Liverpool FC Foundation and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.
The Kicks Football Plus scheme will see LFC’s official charity, the LFC Foundation, team up with the Premier League and MFRS to deliver practical educational activities to local youngsters.
Through the use of football as an incentive, the programme will aim to encourage the participants’ personal growth and development.
To celebrate its launch, club ambassador Gary McAllister attended the preview event at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub which showcased some of the activities that Kicks Football Plus will be offering to young people from local communities.
These include sessions in 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 & 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, MFRS Deputy Chief Fire Officer, added: "We are delighted to be part of the Kicks Programme to encourage young people from underprivileged backgrounds across Merseyside to build confidence, develop life skills and self- esteem and hopefully progress towards further education or employment."
Hoarding warning iSSued afTer faTal fire
MFRS has urged people to clear their homes of clutter after two elderly people tragically lost their lives in a fire that spread quickly due to excessive hoarding of items.
The fatal fire, which occurred in Liverpool in October 2016, involved a house where items were stockpiled to such an extent that Firefighters found it difficult to access and exit the property as the fire developed.
Since 2012, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has been called to 26 fires across Merseyside where hoarding hindered rescue attempts by fire crews.
As well as potentially trapping people in their homes in the event of fire, hoarded combustible materials such as newspapers, magazines, wood, books and flammable liquids make it easy for a fire to spread quickly.
Ian Mullen, Incident Investigator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Hoarders are at very high risk of fires in the home. Not only can hoarding make it difficult, or impossible, to escape in the event of a fire but it also makes it more difficult for Firefighters to access a property and extinguish the fire inside.
“Hoarding is a problem that can develop in households over years and by the time people recognise there is
a problem they may feel they are out of their depth or unable to make their homes safer.”
For more information about hoarding, and how to tackle it, visit
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan with Head of LFC Foundation, Andrea Cooper, LFC Ambassador Gary McAllister, Group Manager Gary Oakford and LFC Head of Community Delivery Unit Martin Talbot.
Gary McAllister attends a drug and alcohol awareness game for Kicks participants hosted by Young Addaction at the launch.
Firefighters tackle the blaze.
Extensive hoarding of items made it difficult for Firefighters to access the property.

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