Homeless football launched in Liverpool

More than 150 homeless people take part in fifth season

Set up in 2007 to help improve the health and self esteem of the homeless community, today (Tues) the fifth season has been kicked off with teams from across Merseyside taking part.

Gee Walker, the mother of murdered Liverpool teenager was also at the launch to talk to the players about diversity, and being part of a community.

Speaking to Heart, Gee said: "step by step we'll grow together as a community because that's what it is all about, being united.  And if we are united surely we can achieve much."

The Anthony Walker foundation works with young people across the city to bring them together and to break down stereotypes.  Gee told us that six years after her son's death, his foundation is doing vital work: "Young people are coming on board and are getting more involved, more aware, and more willing to do things, so I'm hopeful." 

Councillor Wendy Simon, cabinet member for culture and tourism, said: "It is a great achievement for the homeless club to be starting its fifth season and going from strength to strength.

"Football should be open to all. Everybody in our community should be able to take part and the Homeless club provides an opportunity for a part of our community who previously may have been excluded to play football.  That is why it is very appropriate the Homeless club, which has a very diverse multi-cultural membership, should be contributing to the Kick it Out Week.

"The Homeless club is a great example of equality of providing equality of access to the sport and they can look forward to another successful season."

The season will have seven match day fixtures, on a monthly basis, plus an end of season tournament  with all matches played at the Power League on Whittle Street.