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Liverpool SELL OUT Anfield for Sven-Goran Eriksson appearance at legends match

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A record-breaking sell-out crowd of 59,655 will be at Anfield for tomorrow’s LFC Foundation fundraiser, which will see LFC Legends take on AFC Ajax Legends at Anfield, KO 3pm.

This is the eighth annual Legends game, and the biggest crowd the event has ever seen, with Anfield officially full to capacity, with all available ticket successfully sold.

Since launching at Anfield in 2017 Legends’ games have raised over £6.4m in vital funds that benefit people both in the Liverpool City Region and internationally.

The money spent on supporters’ tickets for the match will help LFC Foundation to continue their work helping to change lives every day.

Last season alone the Foundation supported almost 123,000 individuals, with almost two thirds of those living in the top 20% most deprived areas of the country.

In that time, it also contributed £5m into the local economy and delivered over £32m in health benefits.

While sport and improving physical health are at the heart of what the Foundation does, its work covers so much more, with 60 per cent of LFC Foundation staff involved in non-sport specific programmes.

This year the LFC Foundation will use a large proportion of money raised from the Legends game to support its education programmes.

It continues to develop and support projects to tackle a range of social issues including poor educational outcomes, youth unemployment and young people becoming involved in gangs and crime.

Matt Parish, CEO LFC Foundation said: “It’s absolutely incredible to have a sold-out Anfield, with close to 60,000 fans for this year’s Legends game, what amazing support that is for the Foundation and the vital work we continue to do.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, March 22, 2024: (L-R) LFC Foundation CEO Matt Parish, former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson and former Liverpool and England winger John Barnes during a pre-match press conference ahead of the LFC Foundation match between Liverpool FC Legends and Ajax FC Legends at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Thank you to every single person who has bought a ticket for this fantastic event. The money raised will enable us to continue our work across all programmes but particularly across our education programmes.

In these areas we are having real impact in schools, with young people across the Liverpool City Region, helping to keep them in schools, or in jobs, and away from gangs and a life of crime.”

According to Government statistics, since Covid the Liverpool City Region has seen absences from school nearly double. LFC Foundation continues to work with local schools, teachers and pupils to try and help reverse this trend.

Its ‘Onside’ programme, which is funded by PLPFA, enables young people to engage in school through a bespoke curriculum developed and adapted to suit their needs delivered by LFC Foundation staff.

‘Onside’ is currently in 21 secondary schools and the charity has more than doubled the number of programmes in one year due to school demand. Money raised today will help expand the programmes across more schools, train more staff and ultimately positively impact more pupils.

Speaking about the work of LFC Foundation, Mrs Ashworth, Assistant Headteacher, Range High School, Formby, said: “The LFC Foundation has engaged some of our more complex pupils and has enabled them to feel a sense of achievement in school and in life.

“This, for some, is against a backdrop of challenging behaviour, poor attendance and complex home lives. Having this positivity has enabled pupils to feel a sense of pride, adopt a more positive attitude and a sense of belonging.

“For some, taking part has really boosted their mental health and wellbeing and has motivated them to get out of bed in the morning.”

Ms Simms, from Dixons Fazakerley Academy, added: “The LFC Foundation Onside Programme has become an integral part of our academy family, providing a safe space and invaluable support. Students thrive with their involvement, showing improved behaviour and concentration. Their dedication goes beyond visits; they’ve become essential to our community, offering amazing opportunities and enriching our students’ experiences.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the game will also go to Forever Reds, the club’s official former players association, which provides care for older players in need and supports local charities.

To make a donation to LFC Foundation’s ongoing work please visit www.liverpoolfc.com/donate