With Liverpool experiencing a ‘significant decrease in funding across the city, it means there are far fewer youth club sports centres, leisure centers and opportunities for children, which is likely to lead to them being left with nothing do good,” McCann explained. “Which obviously puts more pressure on the parents. And some parents don’t have the resources to put the kids in things.
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“I was saved by sport when I was a kid. I think it’s well documented in my history and what I’ve been through and what my mum always tried to do. If my mum couldn’t afford it, we were lucky people would give my mom money or give me money to go do (organized sports) because we just had a good group of people around us. I grew because I was given structure, discipline and an opportunity to be good at something.
The next three weeks of the program prepare participants with the skills and tools needed to succeed in full-time employment, with the final week of the program focusing on interview preparation for the job placement following the end of the program, hosted entirely by Weapons Down Gloves in place.