Visually Impaired join in with LFC Academy

 
Another LFC Football Academy event kicked off at Jordanstown University on 31st Oct with 120 children attending the two day event. In keeping with our charity’s aims, the camp was inclusive with children from a range of backgrounds attending, playing together. 15year old Ahmad even made the journey all the way from Malaysia to be with us for the two day event!  
 
16 members of the Lisburn Visually Impaired football team also accepted our invitation to attend. Despite being in the heart of Autumn, the sunny weather allowed outdoor coaching for the 10-16year olds, with the remainder of children making use of the indoor 3G pitch in the University’s sports centre. 

The children from the Lisburn visually impaired team were given the choice of being paired with specialist coach Ryan Moignard who is himself visually impaired, and Matthew Pounder, a further LFC coach or joining other groups. Others from the Lisburn team were happy to join in with the goal keeping group as well as with the other age groups.

The two day event was a great success with every child leaving smiling and happy with their achievements and new skills.   Parents and children alike told us they were “inspired” by Ryan Moignard, the visually impaired LFC coach who told stories of his role representing England’s visually impaired team.
 
Niall Dempsey a Youth Development Officer (Royal National Institute for the Blind) commented:
"This was a great opportunity for our young people to come to a camp like this and further develop their skills. It was great to see them getting to meet an international visually impaired player like Ryan Moignard. The kids where really excited to come to an event like this and the fact it is an official Liverpool Football Academy really added something extra. We are always keen to offer out young people the chance to get involved sport and recreational activities and we're delighted that Happy Children gave us that chance".