Floating football pitch launches at the Dock

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FREE football coaching sessions, led by Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation, have returned to Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. This year, Summer Football on the Dock has an exciting new element as the pop-up football pitch is on a floating pontoon on the water at the heart of the Dock.

Fresh off the back of the World Cup and The Art of Football: Common Ground exhibition on The Colonnades, the fun and free Summer Football on the Dock programme runs daily from August 2 to 10, 11am-3pm, and from August 11-22, 11am-4pm.

The programme was launched with a mini Merseyside derby where young players from Everton in the Community’s James Greenop Foundation Kicks programme took on their counterparts from LFC Foundation’s Kicks programme under the watchful eye of Everton Ambassador Graeme Sharp. People of all ages and all abilities are invited to drop by and join in with no pre-booking required.

A break from the football and another exciting, new element for this year’s event – the pitch will be transformed into a netball court for one day only (Sunday, August 5) as netball takes centre stage. From 11am-3pm visitors can learn some new skills, play a bit of netball and have fun. All ages and abilities are welcome. With less than a year to go until Liverpool hosts the Netball World Cup 2019, England Netball is offering people the chance to come and try the sport for themselves.

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Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, said: “Summer is in full swing so bring the whole family along to Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and take part in some great outdoor pursuits on Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront.

“The floating football pitch is certainly a first in the Dock’s 172-year history – who wouldn’t want to play some football in such a unique and stunning location? We know visitors of all ages and ability are going to have a blast and it doesn’t matter if they are a boy or a girl, football fan or not, experienced or a novice, a red or a blue! Summer Football on the Dock is for everyone to take part in. And what’s more – the skills and drills are completely free!

“Participants are also in very good hands with the brilliant coaches from Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation bringing their inspiring work in the community to the centre of the Dock – encouraging health, well-being and sport development!

“Last year’s activity really connected with our local audience and we want to build on this by providing even more inclusive activities to promote health and well-being.”

Coaches from Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation will be sharing their vast knowledge with the young footballers to develop their skills, ball control and teamwork. Budding Mo Salahs, Jordan Pickfords and Jodie Taylors will be able to take part in open sessions and mini tournaments. Alongside this are courses that aim to inspire the next generation of female footballers as well as sessions for all abilities, making the game accessible for all.

Phil Duffy, executive director for Everton in the Community, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing Everton in the Community down to Royal Albert Dock Liverpool for the second consecutive summer. Our trained coaches will be delivering football sessions throughout August for boys and girls of all abilities and I would encourage as many people as possible to bring their child down to the Dock for a free football taster session with EitC and the chance to hear more about the life-changing work of the charity as we celebrate our 30th year. I’m sure it will be a great day out for all the family!”

Katie Ellis, LFC Foundation project lead, said: “The LFC Foundation is excited to be providing free sports and activity sessions on this unique floating pitch, at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. Our activities are open and inclusive to all abilities and skill levels, so we expect to see plenty of people getting involved.

“These fun activities are the perfect opportunity for families, children and young people to keep active during the summer. It’s going to be a brilliant summer at the Dock!”

Caer Harrison, England Netball partnership manager, said: “It’s great to see netball on the schedule for the Albert Docks this summer.

“With the Roses winning the Netball Commonwealth Games gold medal earlier this year and the Netball World Cup coming to Liverpool next summer there couldn’t be a better time to get involved with the sport. So what are you waiting for!? Head down to the Docks and give it a go yourself!”