Day at Anfield!


Thursday 24th May was an early start. Boarding the boat at 6am on coaches carrying 100 children from interface areas in Belfast, it was sure to be a day to remember. The purpose of the day - peace and reconciliation; building relationships; bringing together communities through football... with an extra special treat for those involved - getting to play at Liverpool Football Club, Anfield.

The atmosphere was electric from the arrival at the Kop. The excited children who became friends, sat beside each other at lunch and of course, worked as a team on the pitch, evidently enjoyed every second of their experience at the world renowed football club.

Here, one of the children gives a brief account of his day:

'Our day trip to Anfield was fantastic, we got to have a penalty shoot out at the KOP end of the pitch and I even saved a penalty. My favourite part of the day was walking out of the tunnel with all the other children when 'You'll Never Walk Alone' was playing. I heard my name called over the speakers as we walked out on to the pitch and collected our certificates. We got to hold the European Cup and have a photo taken with it. We got to train like our favourite players like Gerrard and Suarez. I have supported Liverpool since I was a baby so to play at Anfield was the best day of my life'.

The day was a huge success for Happy Children Charitable Foundation, as a charity we are delighted to have been able to play our part in such a wonderful opportunity. A special thanks must go to OFMDFM, without their support the day would not have been possible.

We would also like to thank the community groups involved - Lower Castlereagh Community Group, Markets Development Association, Ballymac Youth Club and Doyle Youth Club for their help and support throughout.