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Wednesday 26 February 2014

Barclays and Liverpool reward community heroes

Local coaches and volunteers meet Martin Skrtel and given tour of Anfield

  • Coaches and volunteers from Anfield Sports & Community Centre met Martin Skrtel

  • Barclays and Liverpool also offered a behind-the-scenes tour of Anfield

  • The hard work is being rewarded by Barclays as part of a 'Thank You' to community heroes

A group of coaches and volunteers in Liverpool have been rewarded for their hard work in the local community by Liverpool Football Club and Barclays with a tour of Anfield and an invitation to meet Martin Skrtel.

Liverpool FC and Barclays, the title sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, expressed their thanks to coaches and volunteers from the Anfield Sports & Community Centre as part of Barclays’ "You Are Football" and "Thank You" schemes. Both initiatives have been set up to reward passionate football supporters, coaches, volunteers around the country and to pay tribute to outstanding work at clubs and in local communities.

The latest people to receive a special “Thank You” from Barclays from the Anfield Sports & Community Centre were selected because of their work in helping improve lives in the Liverpool area. The Anfield Sports & Community Centre in Lower Breck Road, less than a mile from the Anfield stadium, is one of the 26 Barclays Spaces for Sports flagship sites and one of 200 community sports sites that Barclays has built with partners the Football Foundation. It hosts a large programme of sport every week along with educational courses and employment support, most of which are run by volunteers.

Coaches and volunteers from the centre met Skrtel at Melwood, Liverpool FC’s training ground, and enjoyed a question-and-answer session with the Liverpool and Slovakia defender as well as getting his autograph before heading to Anfield for a tour of the stadium.

For more information, visit and join the conversation to thank community heroes with #YouAreFootball.

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Key Points

  • Barclays set up meeting between local community group and Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel
  • Coaches and volunteers from Anfield Sports & Community Centre also given stadium tour
  • Barclays are saying thank you to community heroes around the country