football club kicks off new season
LIVERPOOL Homeless Football
Club are getting to ready to start their 5th season with a growing
number of teams. The club organises a regular football league
for homeless people, helping improve both their health and self
It began in 2007 as an initiative by the city councilís football
development section and the Liverpool County FA and has grown
steadily. This season will have 150 players in 18 teams, 3 more
than last season, who will play in 3 divisions.
This seasonís big kick-off was on Tuesday, 25 October 2011, at the Power
League, Whittle Street , Everton. It forms part of the national Kick
it Out Week of Action. Kick It Out works throughout the football to
challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and works
for positive change.
Gee Walker, mother of Anthony Walker, was attending the seasonís
start, along with club patron, Chris Foy, the Premier League
referee, and representatives of Liverpool and Everton FC.
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 7 match day fixtures, on a monthly basis, plus
an end of season tournament with all matches played at the Power
League on Whittle Street.
entries in record fall
FIGURES show the biggest
fall in university applications in more than 30 years, 9% below last
year's level, according to UCAS. From the 26 universities that
provided figures, 15 universities reported a decline in applicants
with one university, City University London, saying applications
were down by more than 10%. The figures are the first evidence
of how would-be students are being put off by fear of debt when fees
rise to a maximum of £9,000 next year. Some schools report teenagers
from poorer families are proving more hesitant about applying than
middle-class pupils. This will concern ministers, who claim their
finance package is designed to favour the least well off.
Figures from the Office of
National Statistics on Post 16 education out later this week are
expected to show an increase in the number of young people
interested in apprenticeships and school-leaver recruitment schemes
run by professional firms as an alternative to university. Sarah Thwaites, Deputy Chief
Executive of Financial Skills Partnership, said:- "Young
people may see apprenticeships as an attractive option due to rising
university costs. They can be seen as part of the solution to bridge
the so called Ďskills gapí identified by George Osborne, and there
needs to be more co-operation across a myriad of stakeholders. We
believe that employers and training agencies need to be actively
involved in bridging this gap."
More young people are now looking
at alternative ways to enter the job market. They are keen to
identify opportunities whereby they can enhance their CVs and
differentiate themselves from the competition. Sarah Thwaites said:- "We
know from first-hand experience and our strong relationships with
careers advisers and teachers, that young people are confused as to
where to start to find out about opportunities. We have recently
launched the Directions portal which enables young people to obtain
first-hand experience of the world of work in financial services,
accountancy and finance. They get to access the opportunities that
our sector can offer, understand the skills and behaviours that our
industry wants, and build crucial relationships with their future
employers. Such initiatives are vital in giving young people the
right start in their chosen careers."