Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Coady join host of footballers in supporting ‘Football for Change’ group helping disadvantaged youngsters into education and employment
- Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Coady are supporting ‘Football for Change’
- The group helps disadvantaged youngsters get into employment and education
- Other ex-footballers helping the cause include Steven Gerrard and Gary Lineker
England stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Coady have signed up to support the ‘Football for Change’ group that is helping school leavers affected by poverty and economic disadvantage.
The group was founded earlier this year in order to support young people who are struggling for employment and education opportunities by giving them training and funding chances to continue their academic journey.
Liverpool defender Alexander-Arnold and Wolves captain Coady have joined the likes of Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, Gary Lineker and Steven Gerrard in supporting the important cause.
‘Football For Change is about giving everyone opportunities they deserve from a young age,’ said Alexander-Arnold. ‘Cities like Liverpool are more deprived than other areas and so it’s important for us to come together to support this.
‘Everyone that has given it their backing so far is massive for us and this is only going to help improve young people’s lives by showing them a more positive path.
England stars Conor Coady (left) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (middle) have joined Jamie Carragher in supporting the Football for Change initiative
The footballers join business leaders in helping school leavers affected by poverty and economic disadvantage into education and employment
‘To have the platform I’ve got now and reach out to so many people, be a role model for so many, it’s important to use that in the right way and get involved in initiatives like this.
‘You see so much deprivation within cities like Liverpool, whether that be food, shelter, education or even opportunities just to play football. And that’s why initiatives like this are so important, to give people opportunities and give people an equal chance to leave their problems to one side and prosper.
‘Football For Change is so easy to get behind while the benefits and impact you’ll have on young people will be absolutely massive.’
The list of footballers supporting the cause include Everton pair Andre Gomes and Anthony Gordon, Leeds United midfielder Jack Harrison and Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke.
Business leaders joining the likes of Alexander-Arnold (right) in the cause include Atlanta Group CEO Ian Donaldson (left)
The scheme will distribute grants to organisations supporting young people in the most deprived areas with a focus on education, employment and training.
Football for Change has also set an ambitious target of raising a £250,000 fund to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into education, training and employment.
Speaking about the importance of Football for Change, Coady added: ‘It’s massive that we can use our platform to help disadvantaged kids and level the playing field for young people by giving them opportunities in life to showcase what they can do.
‘It’s ridiculous how difficult it can be for disadvantaged young people and it’s important we help these kids as much as possible.
Other former footballers helping the cause include Steven Gerrard (above) and Gary Lineker
‘For us to be involved and push Football For Change is a real privilege, it’s massive that we can help kids going forward.
‘Coming up through Liverpool FC you get put with kids from different areas of the country and different areas of the city. I was very lucky growing up but it was eye-opening to see as a teenager what people could be going through.’
As well as footballers, several celebrities are also helping out with the ‘Football for Change’ initiative, including actor and TV personality Matt Lucas, comedian Russell Howard and The Only Way is Essex’s Mark Wright supporting a gala dinner in November.
Meanwhile, the chief executive of insurance giant Atlanta Group, Ian Donaldson, is also supporting the cause along with other businesses, including DAM Health, Sedulo, Carpenters Group and MJ Quinn.