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Anthony Walker memorial

On Wednesday 19th May 2010, AFC Liverpool proudly sponsored the ‘Anthony Walker Memorial Shield’ football tournament at Liverpool Community College. This annual 6 a side tournament was played at the Peter Lloyd Sports Centre, Liverpool, with all 10 teams comprising of 16 – 18 year old students of the college.

You will recall that AFC Liverpool was recently awarded £188 from the Echo Wish Campaign for collecting nearly 16000 tokens. It was decided that the club would invest this money into community projects; the first being the above football tournament.

AFC Liverpool, represented by Paul Moore, Paul McCombs, Tommy Cook, John Walters and Catherine McCombs, provided a supply of bottled water, football shirts, ‘player of the tournament’ trophy,  referees (thanks to John Walters and colleague Stuart who gave up their time to participate) and a supply of footballs.

This was the ideal opportunity for our club to support such a deserving project, which was using the ‘Kick Racism out of Football’ banner as its focus. A diverse group of students took part in the tournament, including many different nationalities, which proved yet again that football can bring communities together. Howard Gayle, Liverpool’s first black footballer was to be the guest of honour; however he was unable to attend so step forward your very own Vice Chairman to make the opening welcome speeches and open the tournament which began after we were entertained by ‘Silky Skills’; one of the best football skills acts you are likely to see. Moorsey was very keen to ask if they were able to display these skills during a real football match; watch this space!

Well supported by other students and staff, a very interesting hard fought football tournament took place which was played in the true spirit of its name. Obviously some teams were better than others as you would expect, due to the experience of playing together as teams, with the eventual winners coming from the Liverpool Community College Academy Team.

Each of the four semi finalists who were dressed in the colours of red and blue AFC Liverpool shirts (photos to follow) received a certificate signed by the other guest of honour, Paul Moore, who relished this important role (see photo).

A big thanks to those who attended from AFC Liverpool but a very special thanks to the students who participated and the Enrichment Staff (particularly Amina) of Liverpool Community College who arranged the event – well done to you all.


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