Charity work inspires Gerrard

Sky Sports News HQ's Vinny O'Connor speaks to former England captain Steven Gerrard about his charity work...

Last Updated: 05/09/14 at 15:03 Post Comment

Steven Gerrard: Paying the community back for its support

Steven Gerrard: Paying the community back for its support

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

International retirement has left Steven Gerrard with more time on his hands.

Time that will be spent with his family; improving the golf swing (he currently plays off twelve); and working with the foundation he set up in February 2011 with the aim of generating as much money as possible to provide additional funding for as many children's charitable organisations as possible.

“It’s nice to be able to be in a position to give some free time back,” said the former England captain. “This community and everyone around here has supported me since I made my debut for Liverpool and I’m in the position I am now because of the support that I’ve had. So I think it’s important that I realise that and do whatever I can in my power to give a bit back.”

I caught up with Gerrard last week at the Lord Derby Academy in his home town of Huyton, where his Foundation was putting on a four-day summer camp for local children, in conjunction with the Hugh McAuley Football Academy. And don’t be surprised if you recognise that name…..Hugh McAuley coached a young Steven Gerrard in his Liverpool Academy days.

“Three years ago Steven asked me if I’d consider doing a course for his own foundation that met the criteria of giving kids an opportunity to get involved in not only sporting activities but other activities,” said McAuley.

“It’s getting kids to come out and enjoy themselves,” added Gerrard, “play football, dance. It keeps them out of trouble and they’ve obviously had a great time over the four days and it’s nice to give them a certificate and a trophy at the end of it so they’re all smiling on the way home.”

In the three years the camps have been running over 300 children have benefitted from eight separate groups, Aspiring Individuals; Girls Football Development Squad; The Knowsley Junior Football League; Gifted and Talented; Looked after Children; Family First - as well as Gerrard’s two former schools Huyton with Roby Primary and Cardinal Heenan Secondary.

Once again this year Gerrard was the main attraction on presentation day, his congratulations to each and every one of the children who’d taken part adding to their own sense of achievement.

“Steven is dedicated to his foundation and you learn with Steven if he does something he does it properly,” was Hugh McAuley’s endorsement. ”He does a great deal of work on his own behalf for underprivileged children, going to see children who are not particularly well. He’s been heavily involved with Alder Hey and there’s a great deal of work going on within his foundation to cover a lot of different projects across Merseyside.”

England’s loss is obviously his Foundation’s gain….and it’s work Gerrard clearly gets a lot out of…..he describes the recent signing over of a £500,000 cheque to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as one of the proudest days of his life.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

Footer 365

Craig Cathcart out to build on a special 12 months

Northern Ireland and Watford defender Craig Cathcart wants to build on a memorable year for club and country.

Tim Sherwood defends Arsene Wenger's record at Arsenal

Tim Sherwood has praised Arsene Wenger's Arsenal record ahead of the FA Cup final after past criticism of the Frenchman.

Arsene Wenger keen to focus on future ahead of FA Cup final

Arsene Wenger will continue to look to the future, rather than reflect on past glories, if Arsenal can win his sixth FA Cup.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company