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LSBF students play at Liverpool FC’s stadium to launch charity and fundraising campaign

LSBF students had the once in a lifetime experience of playing at Anfield

LSBF students had the once in a lifetime experience of playing at Anfield

Launching a fundraising campaign for the recently established charitable foundation LSBF HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Potential, and Education), students from LSBF’s London, Manchester and Birmingham campuses had the once in a lifetime opportunity to play a football match at Anfield, the world famous stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club.  With the money raised by the campaign, LSBF HOPE aims to help build an education centre for underprivileged students in North Africa.

During the past weeks, hundreds of LSBF and FBT students from all UK campuses showed their support for the cause and joined a series of fundraising regional qualifying matches. The winning teams from the regional tournaments had the exclusive opportunity to play their final match at the Anfield ground.

“The event was a huge success, providing the students of LSBF a unique opportunity to play on the Anfield turf, whilst also helping to support the LSBF HOPE appeal.”

At the historic stadium, students were welcomed by professional coaches and had the chance to get changed in the official changing rooms. The players were immersed in the LFC experience, surrounded by globally recognised football champions who have shared the same facilities. Students also had the privilege of touching the “This is Anfield” sign before running out of the tunnel to play on the famous football pitch.
The regional teams from Manchester, Birmingham and London came together to play a series of matches supported by professional LFC coaches. In the final round, the LSBF Manchester team beat the LSBF London team by 2-0 and became the winners of the tournament. All finalists received medals and certificates to remind them of the unique experience.

All finalists received medals and certificates to remind them of the unique experience

All finalists received medals and certificates to remind them of the unique experience

Michael Yates, Liverpool FC’s International Football Academy said: “The event was a huge success, providing the students of LSBF a unique opportunity to play on the Anfield turf, whilst also helping to support the LSBF HOPE appeal.”

Nicola Schaefer, Regional Business Development Director at LSBF, said: “Today we are delighted to provide this exciting opportunity for our students and, at the same time, support our charity on our goal to increase the access to education. Players, spectators and the LFC professionals thoroughly enjoyed the day and the experience.  The atmosphere was fantastic; the teams cheered each other on, whilst maintaining a friendly competitiveness about the tournament.”

Social Responsibility

As an international and socially responsible business school, with campuses around the UK and internationally in Singapore and Canada, LSBF believes that young people and future business leaders should have access to high quality education and training despite financial background. Last year, LSBF awarded over £2 million in scholarships to help young people realise their educational aspirations.

Earlier this year, in response to the growing need for education and employment opportunities for young people, the school launched a competition to find Manchester's and Birmingham's Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2012 to help young leaders or entrepreneurs get their first foot on the business education ladder. The winners were awarded a full scholarship for an Undergraduate Plus qualification at LSBF's Manchester and Birmingham campuses.

“Having the skills and access to education increases people’s chances of success and gives them the tools to improve their lives. At LSBF we take our social responsibility very seriously and we always try to work alongside communities and charities to make the difference in the lives of the people who will be the world’s future leaders”, concluded Nicola Schaefer.

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