Liverpool FC’s charity legends match has raised £1m for local causes
1 year ago
LFC Foundation’s Official Legends Charity Match held at Anfield in March against Barça Legends has raised a huge £1,000,000.
The Reds CEO Billy Hogan joined pupils from All Saints Catholic Primary School at Anfield Sports and Community centre to celebrate the news and enjoy a fun game of dodgeball.
As well as seeing some LFC Foundation programmes in action that will benefit from the proceeds raised, Billy also met with representatives from LFC’s Forever Reds and The Owen McVeigh Foundation who will also receive donations from the £1m raised.
The charity’s fourth sell-out fixture, which ended in a rare 2-1 defeat for the Reds, welcomed back a whole host of LFC greats to Anfield including the Reds former skipper Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Luis Garcia, Maxi Rodriguez, and Milan Baros with Sir Kenny Dalglish as manager and Ian Rush as assistant manager.
The Legends game, which has quicky become a fan favourite and is a marquee moment in LFC Foundation’s calendar, provides key funding to help the Reds’ charity to create life-changing opportunities for young people and families across Liverpool City Region and beyond.
100 per cent of the total proceeds raised will help to fund a variety of projects for the Foundation including its employability and training programmes, and health and wellbeing programmes, with a focus on mental health.
This year, funds will also go towards supporting its charity partners, including Forever Reds, The Owen McVeigh Foundation, the Barça Foundation and its Side By Side programmes with Right to Play.
Forever Reds, is the club’s official former players association, which provides support to the club’s former players in need of care, particularly during the later stages of their lives. The Owen McVeigh Foundation provides life-changing memories for children and their families in Merseyside fighting cancer.
LFC Foundation’s Side by Side partnership with Right To Play is the charities joint international initiative overseas. Side by Side is delivered both in Liverpool and internationally, using the power of sport and play to teach key life skills to some of the world’s most underserved communities.
The Barça Foundation is Barcelona FC’s official charity, which supports the children and youth of the most vulnerable social groups through sport and education.
Matt Parish, chief executive, LFC Foundation, said:
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the LFC family once again for supporting our Legends match and helping us raise an amazing £1m, which will directly help create life-changing opportunities for young people and families across Liverpool City Region and beyond.
“It was great to finally be able to welcome people back to Anfield to enjoy another fun-filled Legends game after such a long and difficult period due to the pandemic.
“Yet again our favourite Legends did not disappoint putting on a competitive game for everyone to enjoy, whilst helping to raise funds for our work, so we can do more and support more children, young people and families in our local communities and beyond.”
Mark McVeigh, founder of the Owen McVeigh Foundation, added:
“We are so proud and grateful to be a beneficiary of LFC Foundation’s Legends Charity Match. The funds we receive really do make a big difference and enable us to help more families who need support during the most difficult times in their lives. I’d like to thank both the Club and the LFC Foundation for their continued support.”