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The Power of Football: Liverpool Homeless F.C

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Imagine waking up in a strange place every single day. When people imagine what homelessness looks like they picture an individual rough sleeping. The truth is, it could be a hostel, sofa surfing, a car, a park, an abandoned building, or maybe even a commercial bin. The daily struggle of gathering your life’s possessions and figuring out where your next meal is going to come from will eventually take its toll. This is the predicament that thousands of people across the UK face every day.

Through social media and various news reports more and more people are starting to notice the rising levels of homelessness, Rough sleepers are the visible face of homelessness, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. New figures show that there are more than 300,000 people officially recorded as homeless and one in three families are a month’s pay from losing their home.

The scale of the homelessness crisis is reaching epidemic levels and the problem now effects areas of society that go far beyond what people might imagine. There are many reasons including, but not limited to family breakdown, alcohol and substance abuse, relationship abuse, war and persecution and leaving care.

Since 2007, Liverpool Homeless FC have developed a unique and dynamic approach to making positive change on the lives of the regions homeless. LHFC is an FA Chartered Football Club which exists in affiliation with the Liverpool County FA and operates across the whole of Merseyside. The clubs Patron is former Premier League Referee – Chris Foy.

Liverpool Homeless FC was started by a group of like minded housing providers who felt that they could use football as a way of breaking the homelessness cycle and enhance the lives of some of Merseyside’s most vulnerable people.

One of the companies who was involved at its inception was New Start, a not for profit supported housing company based in Liverpool. New Start Director of Housing Ste Baynes has seen first-hand the opportunities that projects like this can offer. For many residents of such housing companies the opportunity to get active and be part of a team can provide the confidence and self-belief that they have been searching for.

Currently the LHFC league is made up of 18 homelessness organisations that operate across Merseyside, many of them hostels. Monthly ‘Match Days’ are held at the Powerleague Centre in Kirkdale, North Liverpool. Match Days are environments where players can express themselves and has seen players excel and even represent England at various Homeless World Cups around the world.

Once homeless and now England and Reading Ladies footballer Fara Williams has recently opened up about her struggles with homelessness and social exclusion. England’s most capped footballer overcame homelessness and forged a successful career in professional football. The former Chelsea, Charlton, Everton, Liverpool, and Arsenal midfielder was homeless for seven years, playing for England while moving into various hostels around London. Fara attributes football as her main reason for over coming homelessness and the focus and belief that she was good at something allowed her to succeed in her career and life.

While players dream of a chance to represent England and play for a professional club, Liverpool Homeless FC is about much more than that –  inspiring societies socially excluded to feel accepted and become involved. By building issues such as homelessness, social integration, and employability into their football programme LHFC have had the ability to affect the lives of many people across Merseyside.

There are many football projects like Liverpool Homeless FC across the country which continue to have successful outcomes. None of this would be possible without the generosity and compassion of thousands of individuals, organisations, and companies, who give their time, funds, and goods to give an opportunity for some of society’s most vulnerable people. Since establishing the league, LHFC have broken many myths and stereotypes that surround the homeless and have successfully helped many players to access training & education opportunities as well as seeing them enter long term accommodation.

Scotlands homeless World Cup winning team

The success of LHFC is testament to all of the players and what they have achieved in spite of the barriers presented by homelessness and social exclusion.

If you are interested about LHFC’s work please visit: liverpoolhomelessfootballclub.com

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Sunderland and Hull – The Double Droppers?

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Sunderland & Hull

Both of these clubs currently find themselves lingering towards the bottom of The Championship having recently felt the pain of PL relegation back in May 17.

Friday night’s first half horror show saw Hull dumped from the FA Cup and even tho Sunderland a slight improvement  with this weekends draw against Middlesbrough, more games pass these two by as they stare back-to-back relegations in the face.

Not all is doom and gloom though! Despite last seasons’ poor performance bank balances will still be given a shot in the arm…

Over the next three years, Sunderland will receive 55% of the near £100m they made from TV revenue, 45% the following year and 20% in the third. However, Hull will only be entitled to the first two payments. Because they suffered relegation after only one season, thus voiding them of the final £20m payment.With the business end of the season fast approaching it is difficult to make a case for either of the sides escaping given how the first 30+ games have gone.

Chris Coleman and Nigel Adkins are now the men with the world on their shoulders, having inherited inferior players from Simon Grayson and Leonid Slutsky respectively. Each dugout has been occupied on a number of occasions in recent seasons, this has not helped either cause.


Adkins was looking for a way back into the game so was always going to accept the offer from the Tigers but Chris Coleman must spend his evenings wondering what ever made him say yes to one of the most undesirable jobs in the country. You have to question yourselves when you can’t tempt a manager from outside the Old Firm north of the border to leave his club for yours at this level. Derek McInnes looks to have made a shrewd decision to stay put.

The transfer dealings over both windows would indicate nothing other than sheer panic. I mean Ashley Fletcher, Lee Camp, Ovie Ejaria and Marc Wilson have come through the doors at the Stadium Of Light while slightly further south at the KCOM the incomings such as Seb Larsson, Michael Hector and Fraizer Campbell aren’t the players required at this particular stage of the clubs history.

They both need proven footballers and perhaps a couple of “statement signings” in order to get the fans back in the stands. Both of their last home league games have seen a total attendance of 45k watch on, not even enough to fill The Mackems 49k capacity once over!

Speaking of home games the SAFC fans have had to endure more pain than most, they recently went a year without gaining a needed 3 points to their total.We all know that there are no easy games in the Championship and that will be the case in the coming weeks as most sides will have something to play for.

Finding themselves in League One next season and lining up against the likes of Walsall and Gillingham will be a glaring reality check of their poor performances both on and off the pitch.
Both clubs, like most, carry debts with them year on year and realistically you have to wonder that if they both succumb to relegation this year will we ever see these clubs climb back up the leagues?

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Video | Shocking Scenes as Eight Sent off in Mass Brazilian Brawl

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A Bahia state championship match was abandoned yesterday as ten players, including substitutes, were sent off for Vitória and Bahia.

 The aftermath of a penalty just after the half-time break ignited a match which had already shown signs of boiling over. Bahia’s Vinicius converted the spot kick before celebrating in front of the home fans with pelvic thrusts Shaggy would have been proud of.

This was much to the annoyance of the home fans and players. What had initially been a typical scuffle erupted when Vitória’s Kanu threw a one-two combo that would have been at home in Saturday’s Super Middle-Weight title fight.

The subsequent brawl was eventually broken up fifteen minutes later with the referee sending off eight players (three Vitória , five Bahia). With ten minutes left, however, a further two  players received their marching orders and the match was abandoned.

To put the amount of red cards into context:

There were two more sendings off in that initial brawl than £35 million striker Andy Carroll managed league goals (6) during his time at Liverpool.

It is also same number of red cards as Patrick Viera, Richard Dunne and Duncan Ferguson, the most sent off players in Premier League history, saw in their entire top-flight careers.

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New Las Vegas franchise unveil two ridiculous kit

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Progression is being made in the MLS for the first professional team in Las Vegas in almost 40 years

The Las Vegas Lights were finally granted expansion team status in the United Soccer League (the third tier of US soccer) last year and have now unveiled their first ever kit.


Vegas is renowned for it’s glitz and glamor and the new franchise have decided to follow suit with the clubs identity.

The luminous colours of the strip and badge have been carefully selected to represents the lights of the famous Las Vegas strip.

Buts thats not all, the club not only have two different sponsors for their home and away kit, they have also  placed on the inside of the shirt a confetti laden smile face on the home shirt and the king of burgers, The Burger King himself on the away shirt.

If Only Fabrizio Ravanelli was still playing he’d be in for a big money move.   It’s surprising that Vegas haven’t jumped on the MLS gravy train earlier. If nothing else it will give stag do organisers another event to add to their lists.

 

 

 

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