Tuesday 07 May 2013
When St John Bosco Art College and Plantation Primary School enter the “home” turf of Anfield in the colours of Liverpool for the Premier League Schools Tournament finals on Thursday, 9 May, they will have the words and advice of professional coaches to guide them to what they hope will be success.
"The Premier League Schools Tournament will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids"
Liverpool FC Foundation, the club’s official charity, delivered coaching sessions to the children from the schools ahead of the biggest day of their lives. Professional coaches from the Foundation’s Football for All programme, which encourages young people to use sport as a facilitator to inspire positive change, visited the two local schools as well as Mighty Red, the club’s official mascot, who will also make his debut at Anfield for the finals.
St John Bosco will represent Liverpool in the Under-13 girls' category, while Plantation will wear the red shirts as one of 20 teams in the Under-11 mixed category.
“Football is at the heart of what we do and our Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities for young people inclusive of all abilities and backgrounds,” Mark Haig, Liverpool FC Foundation’s head of operations, said. “The Premier League Schools Tournament will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids, so we are delighted to provide sessions to help them prepare as best they can.”
The schoolchildren were grateful by the experience. “We are delighted that Liverpool FC Foundation has come to our school today,” Anne Pontifex, St John Bosco Art College Head Teacher, said. “They have given the kids some essential tips and added belief ahead of their big day. The children have done extremely well to get to the finals and we are delighted to be representing Liverpool FC in the tournament.”