FOCUS ON THE OUTCOMES FOCUS ON THE OUTCOMES: SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 21 Facilities developed by the Foundation are not just fantastic places to play sport.They are valuable hubs for the communities they serve from the very first day that they open.They provide local people and organisations, such as professional football clubs, with a platform from which they can play their part in creating more cohesive communities. Anfield Sports & Community Centre re-opened in December 2015 following a £2.3m refurbishment, including crucial investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The improved facility afforded Louis Smyth the chance to, in his own words, “give something back.” Louis joined Liverpool FC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks project, which was based at the site’s new 3G pitch, in late 2015. It was evident early on that he was a talented footballer and it was not long before he secured a place in the Kicks Under-17 development squad. Premier League Kicks uses the power of football and sport to inspire young people in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country. It did for Louis whose application in the development squad was rewarded. The Liverpool FC Foundation College invited him to join them with a view to qualifying as a community coach. Louis’ outlook is inspiring: “I was one of the lucky ones because I got a great opportunity – others don’t and I want to try and help them. I know I can make a difference through mentoring and coaching.” He is backing this vision up by volunteering at the Anfield Sports and Community Centre through the Liverpool FC Foundation. He is already delivering football sessions for 8-11-year- olds on the same 3G pitch where it all began for him: “When I think about it, I owe this 3G pitch everything. It is humbling in that respect. I am determined to pass on what I have learned to other local youngsters.” Head of Liverpool FC Foundation, Andrea Cooper, put it best: “Louis has grown in confidence as a footballer, a coach and a young individual. We are in no doubt that he has the potential to be a great coach and we have high hopes that he will achieve great things in the future.” LIVERPOOL YOUNGSTER GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH COACHING AND MENTORING CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY