LFC’s Red Neighbours Walking Football team had an unforgettable day on Monday as they stepped out on to the famous Anfield turf, alongside Reds legend Alan Kennedy.
44 local residents – all regular participants of the Walking Football programme – played a series of matches during a special afternoon at the ground.
Walking Football is designed to encourage over 50’s to engage in physical activity in a fun and social setting. The initiative has gone from strength to strength, with the initial monthly meetings now running twice-weekly at Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC).
Former LFC player Alan is a regular face at the ASCC sessions, and the defender headed back out on to the Anfield pitch with his Walking Football team-mates for the end-of-season tournament.
Bill Bygroves, LFC Club Chaplain and Red Neighbours team-member, said: “The Walking Football sessions are as much about getting local people socialising as are they are about keeping active.
“It’s a chance for the retired members of our community to continue enjoying the sport they love while also making new friends. Our oldest participant is 91 and we have a few in their 80s, too – it’s fantastic to see people of that generation getting back into football.
“Today has been brilliant – to kick a football on the pitch at Anfield is the realisation of a childhood dream for many of our players.”
Walking Football, alongside Walking Netball, is part-funded by the FA through the Community Shield Fund and sessions run on Tuesdays and Fridays at ASCC – for more information follow @Red_Neighbours on Twitter.
The Red Neighbours programme supports local residents and schools in the Anfield community, focusing on four key areas: food poverty and education; support for the elderly community; encouraging a physically active community; and creating memorable experiences for young people.