Jamie Carragher won FA Cups, League Cups, the Uefa Cup and Champions League in a stellar career with Liverpool and added another remarkable honour on Tuesday evening when he collected a Beacon Award for philanthropy for his community work on Merseyside.
Carragher joined other philanthropists, including Lord and Lady Harris, Sir Peter Lampl, Sir Peter Vardy and Lady Margaret Vardy, and the former Watford chairman, Jack Petchey, at the event in London where he and the other recipients were described as “exceptional people who have given their time, expertise and financial resources to help people and communities prosper in difficult times”.
The former Liverpool and England centre-half used funds from his testimonial to establish the 23 Foundation Soccer School, providing coaching in eight schools in deprived areas of Merseyside. Carragher’s 23 Foundation also gives grants to young people in local communities to help them pursue their dreams.
“I hope that I can give youngsters a lift and that extra push to realise their goals,’’ said Carragher. “Liverpool is a place that likes to see its own do well. It is a tight-knit community and growing up I got a lot of help and encouragement from people around me.
“I’m from an under-privileged area – Bootle in Liverpool. If I ever got the chance to help that area and the wider community I’ve always felt I would. There are plenty of philanthropists around the world who do great work and I am one of the many trying to do my little bit that will hopefully help people in my area.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to help people who aren’t as fortunate as yourself. I think you have a duty to help others as you or your family or friends may need help from someone in the future.
“Philanthropy has always been important but more so now with the cuts the Government are imposing and it looks like there may be more to come. So it’s important we do as much as we can.”
Carragher was presented with the award by the PFA and David Sheepshanks, the former joint acting chairman of the FA and now chairman of UK Community Foundations, which supported 21,000 local community causes all over the UK last year with £65m in grants.
“I think what Jamie Carragher has done in setting up this £1m fund with his local Community Foundation to help people in the communities where he grew up is both amazing and humbling,” said Sheepshanks. “He is a true role model who is inspiring less fortunate young men and women to aspire, to dream and to achieve.”
Now a respected pundit since retiring from football, Carragher has also set up a partnership between UK Community Foundations and the PFA to provide advice to players considering similar charitable work.
What would look better framed than this incredible Honours Shirt personally hand-signed by Jamie.
***THE SHIRT IS THIS SEASON’S HOME SHIRT 2015-2016***
The shirt is the Liverpool Shirt during his last year at Liverpool and come embroidered with Jamies honours information. Jamie has also personally signed the shirt for you.
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Liverpool have submitted their 21 man squad to UEFA for the upcoming Europa League group stage.
The reds face Sion, Bordeaux and Rubin Kazan in the 6 games across from mid September to early December.
Clubs could name up to 25 players on the ‘A List’ which must include a minimum of 2 keepers.
Eight of these places are also reserved for ‘locally trained’ players – of which a maximum of four will have spent 3 years of their youth career at other English clubs – known as ‘association trained’.
Because Liverpool do not have any players who satisfy the other ‘club trained’ requirement they were limited to naming 21 players. Rodgers has left Jose Enrique out of the squad.
Jordon Ibe is one player who qualifies for the B List because of his young age and length of service at the club. These players only need to be registered the day before a game.
LFC Europa League Squad 2015-16
GK: Mignolet, Bogdan
DF: Clyne, Gomez, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel
MF: Lucas, Henderson, Milner, Can, Allen
AT: Coutinho, Lallana, Firmino, Origi, Ings, Sturridge, Benteke
This years final will be held at St Jakob’s Park, in Basel, Switzerland. The winning club will automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.
‘My aim using experienced coaches is to deliver the latest football coaching techniques and skills to children of all ages and abilities on an international level. We will ensure a safe environment to learn with ‘fun’ being the number one intended outcome’
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We love this clip from You Tube that shows the love that the Reds at Anfield have for Jamie Carragher. Even though he now only graces the Anfield turf with a suit on and a Sky Sports microphone in his hand he is still loved.
Here is is playing up to the Kop as they sing ‘We all dream of a team of Carraghers’.
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A great player and a true Liverpool legend.