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26 Apr 2019
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The LFC Foundation is using sport to get families active and strengthen ties in local area with 'Open Goals' programme

Liverpool FC Foundation is helping local families get healthy and strengthen their ties within their communities.

The Foundation's Open Goals is a multi-sports programme that encourages families to get out of the house and become active, often using parks in the city that have been neglected for positive activities.

The scheme runs in 10 locations across Liverpool and gives families the chance to take part in activities together, helping them to socialise and build the community.

"Physical activity is the secondary side of it," says Kate Ellis, senior project manager at the Foundation. "We want people to get to know each other again.

"We found that people don't know others who live on their street. They've come to Open Goals and made new friends."

Liverpool players Ben Woodburn and Curtis Jones went to see one session in Stanley Park, in the shadow of Anfield, for BBC's Match Of The Day.

They saw how the programme is having an impact on young people such as five-year-old Jack, for whom the opportunities to have activity with his parents are limited.

"He really struggled, didn't want to participate, he was really shy," says Rob Fairfield, project co-ordinator at the LFC Foundation.

"He's now involved and he leads by example. He's a real leader."

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