An Exciting New Partnership With LLS

 

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard spoke about his passion to help youngsters fulfil their dreams after the football college that bears his name announced an exciting new partnership.

The Liverpool Football College in association with Steven Gerrard has helped transform the lives of hundreds of teenagers across Merseyside, including many who have been released by Premier League academies.

Courses for 16-to-19-year-olds combine securing A-Level equivalent educational qualifications with top-level football coaching from their experienced staff.

The first college of its kind in the city, it has gone from strength to strength since opening in south Liverpool in 2011 under the guidance of coaches Dave Rowe and David MacDiarmid. And now it’s poised to go to the next level after joining forces with LLS, an award-winning sports education provider in the UK.

“The reason why I got involved is because I was a young lad on a council estate who had a dream. My dream was to play for Liverpool Football Club,” Gerrard says.

“If that hadn’t happened for me then this is exactly the type of opportunity I would have been after to try to better myself education wise and also try to make something of a career for myself playing-wise.

“I first met Dave Rowe more than 10 years ago. He brought this idea to me and asked me for my honest feedback. At the time he was risking everything for it. I told him to believe in himself, go for it and commit.

“It has grown so much over the years. They have put so much time and effort into this. Now they’re getting all the rewards. The time was right from a personal level to get more involved. The city needs it, the local communities need it and the kids need it.”

The partnership with LLS will enable the college to expand across the UK and ultimately globally, benefitting thousands more youngsters. A two-year course is being offered at selected colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland from September 2020 to help teenagers secure careers across the sports industry.

“It’s huge for us. LLS are a fantastic organisation and it makes total sense to join forces,” Gerrard adds. “Both set-ups have got incredible staff with a lot of experience — skilled teachers and coaches. Both organisations are going to benefit and more importantly so will the kids. That’s what we’re all doing it for.

“We’re there to support, guide and help shape these kids so they have a better future for themselves. It’s important that we take it step by step over the coming months and years. But the dream is to keep expanding. It’s exciting to be able to make a difference in terms of giving young kids, not just locally but hopefully globally too, a fantastic career and a better way of life.”

The Liverpool Football College already boasts a full-time football consultant who helps secure scholarships for students at US universities. The link-up with LLS will offer coaching roles in Qatar and Sri Lanka.

Director of Liverpool Football College David MacDiarmid says: “We are delighted to team up with LLS. They are a highly trusted partner of schools, universities and elite-level sports clubs. They have more than 30 full-time industry professionals committed to giving youngsters life changing opportunities.

“We’ve been working with LLS on many projects and have been blown away by the impact they have on thousands of young people around the world.”

LLS deliver sixth form sports courses across the world, from Liverpool to Qatar, giving school leavers the chance to continue their studies and secure careers within the sports industry.

The post-16 course will launch in autumn 2020, with 500 aspiring football professionals working towards graduate pathways which include full-time football, university degrees and professional employment at home and abroad.

Students will study A-level equivalent qualifications alongside a football programme which will be led by elite level coaches. Liverpool Football College and LLS graduates have gone on to careers playing professionally and coaching for international clubs.

Former FA chief executive and LLS patron Brian Barwick adds: “I have worked with LLS over the past decade and have found them to be dedicated, driven and determined to deliver for their students. Merging with Liverpool Football College and a sporting icon in Steven Gerrard will certainly take things to the next level and on this occasion, I am looking forward to being on the same team.”

School leavers are welcome to apply for one of the final few places available for September 2020 by emailing: yourfuture@llsonline.uk

Applications are now also open to Year 10 pupils for September 2021 and interested young people are encouraged to register their interest via email. To find out more call a member of the LLS student engagement team on 0151 294 3229.

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