After overcoming last-minute budget cuts, Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC) is now in the last week of its summer camp, entertaining up 80 local kids each weekday during the school holidays (July 30 to August 24).
The centre’s busy four-week activity programme is invaluable to the local community, keeping young people from the L4, L5 and L7 areas entertained and active while school’s out.
When the centre’s funding for the programme was cut in July, The LFC Foundation stepped in to provide £5,000 for the summer camp.
Marie Rooney, manager of Anfield Sports and Community Centre, said: “Entertaining children during the summer holidays is not cheap by any means, so we know how much our summer camp is appreciated by local people. We were so relieved that we didn’t have to cancel it or increase the cost to local families; it would have meant lot of disappointed kids as well as parents.”
Activities enjoyed at ASCC’s summer camp include trampolining, arts and crafts, table tennis, cycling, dodgeball, Wii Sports and ultimate frisbee, with the centre’s staff and LFC Foundation coaches supervising.
The LFC Foundation runs many of its regular youth activities from ASCC, which is a prominent hub within the Anfield community, and plays massive role in keeping young people off the streets by engaging them in fun activities and sports sessions.
Ashton Lee, project lead at the LFC Foundation, said: “We have a fantastic relationship with Anfield Sports and Community Centre, and appreciate how important the facility and its activities are to the local community, so when we heard about their funding issue we did what we could to help.”