Emily focused on the future thanks to PL Inspires

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Emily, Liverpool Premier League Inspires

Ahead of the Premier League Inspires Challenge celebration on Thursday, we look at how the programme, which is supported by the Professional Footballers’ Association and the Prince’s Trust, helps marginalised 11 to 25-year-olds fulfil their potential.


For Broughton Hall High School student Emily, being part of the PL Inspires programme has not only helped improve her behaviour in class but also given her focus in her studies.

Since September last year, Emily and a small group of fellow students have engaged with the programme through the Liverpool FC Foundation – the club’s charitable arm.

PL Inspires uses the power of football and local clubs to help young people who are not fulfilling their potential develop personal skills and positive attitudes to succeed in life.

Liverpool Foundation go into schools to deliver sessions or conduct them online to students who have been identified by their school as needing extra help to get them engaged.

“They always said that I could always do anything if I put my mind to it but I wouldn’t really take school seriously because I didn’t think I needed it,” Emily says.

“But by being in [PL Inspires], it’s helped me see that if I want to get good grades in my GCSEs and if I want to get a good job, I do need to buckle down.

“It’s given me more of a focus. It’s made me really want to push to what I want.”

Head of year Melanie Strefford has witnessed Emily’s progress over the last year and is pleased to see that her willingness to take part in the programme has been rewarded.

See: Premier League Inspires

“Emily welcomed the opportunity to work on that programme,” Melanie says. “She recognised that we had suggested her for a reason, because we knew that she would benefit from that help.

“She has worked with some people she might not otherwise have known and that has helped her to develop her social skills and improved things like resilience, team-building and confidence.

“I am really proud of what she has achieved, what the girls who have taken part have achieved. They have made the most of the opportunity.”

As part of the programme, Emily has been taking part in the PL Inspires Challenge, which tasks young people with developing and then delivering a social action project in their community. 

And her team will be a part of the PL Inspires Challenge celebration on Thursday, which will recognise the social action projects that are being set up by the 31 clubs on the programme.

Also in this series

Part 1: How Man City help young people find their voice
Part 2: Fulham teaching Franklyn the value of teamwork
Part 3: How Amelia provided vital support during lockdown
Part 4: ‘PL Inspires has given me something to look forward to’

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