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One Vision Housing kicks off Spirit of Merseyside League with £5k of sponsorship

One Vision Housing is delighted to announce its continued sponsorship of Liverpool Homeless Football Club (LHFC), after two successful years of partnership working and supporting the team to compete in matches up and down the country.

Liverpool Homeless Football Club, who were recently featured on BBC’s Sport Relief campaign was set up with a mission to provide positive experiences for homeless people, giving them the chance to build confidence, develop team and social skills, while also improving their fitness.

The sponsorship cheque was presented to LHFC by The Sovini Group CEO, Roy Williams today on the kick-off of the Spirit of Merseyside League. The first game commenced with Gee Walker from the Anthony Walker Foundation kicking the first ball onto the pitch, to coincide with the first match’s special anti-racism in football theme.

Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Ann O’Byrne attended the event and said:

“It doesn’t matter what age we are, what gender we are or the ability we have, it’s that fun of just getting out there, having a laugh and being part of a team.”

The sponsorship will enable LHFC to cover transport, pitch hire, referee fees, and much needed training equipment.

The partnership between OVH and LHFC has helped to house a number of local homeless people by matching them with available properties and offering them tenancy support services through OVH’s Independent Living Service.

The Sovini Group CEO Roy Williams said:

“We’re delighted that the sponsorship is helping vulnerable people. The work that Liverpool Homeless FC do in the community is exactly the kind of project we want to support and we hope it can make a meaningful difference to people’s lives. The club shares so many of our values, and we have great ambitions for what we can continue to achieve together.”

OVH’s tenancy support service works closely with those identified as vulnerable tenants; with a team of fully-trained staff dedicated to providing assistance, to help them overcome obstacles, such as financial or health concerns.

Liverpool Homeless Football Club CEO John Finnigan said:

“We as an organisation would like to take this opportunity to thank One Vision Housing for their continued support.

The financial sponsorship we have received for the 11-a-side team, has enabled LHFC to continue to support socially isolated men from marginalized backgrounds, who have experienced homelessness.

Through our City’s mutual love of football and LHFC’s access to a diverse network of additional support interventions, we can reach out and offer a hand up to empower people to take the action needed to improve their mental health and make a real difference in their daily routines.

Our positive interventions through sport and teamwork mean that with OVH’s support we can engage with some of the most vulnerable people across the city region.”

One player, James who was homeless for 4 years stated:

“Sometimes you can feel really lonely when you’re going through hard times and just coming here playing footy with some of the lads, it makes you feel like you’ve got a responsibility again it makes you feel part of something.”

BBC Sport Relief feature:

To find out more about Liverpool Homeless Football Club visit https://liverpoolhomelessfootballclub.com/