This week, the Premier League celebrated some of the incredible work clubs across the country have been delivering in the community, to mark the 10 year anniversary of the Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF).
The PLCF was established 10 years ago to distribute funding provided by the Premier League to clubs across the entire football pyramid and to support those clubs in their delivery of community programmes.
To mark that decade of positive work, the Premier League have been running the PLCF 10 year anniversary awards – giving every club the opportunity to celebrate individuals who have made a positive difference to themselves or others over the past ten years.
We're celebrating 🔟 years of the Premier League Charitable Fund— Premier League Communities (@PLCommunities) November 24, 2020
Here's some of what it's been doing for the past decade 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ALfQWg1A8B
Reading’s Liam Springer was a deserved recipient of recognition as part of these 10th anniversary awards.
Liam was at an all-time low when he was made redundant from his job but with help from Reading Football Club’s Community Trust delivering Kickz and The Prince's Trust programmes with Liam, he is now in full-time employment and works as a football coach and a lead youth worker.
Liam left school at 16 and after working as an architect’s assistant but he lost his job and, after applying for a number of jobs without any success, his confidence took a huge knock.
He saw an advert in the newspaper for The Prince's Trust ‘Get Started with Football’ programme at Reading and thought he would give it a try as he had always loved football.
The course, hosted by our Community Trust, boosted his confidence and the Trust were so impressed with his commitment and positive attitude that they offered him a volunteer coaching position working on their Kickz project.
Liam then completed The Prince's Trust ‘Youth Steps’ course to gain skills to work with young people. He was also awarded Development Awards from The Trust to complete his FA Level 1 and Level 2 coaching badges.
Soon after, Liam was offered a job at local telecommunications company – a position he believes he wouldn't have been given without the confidence he gained from completing the ‘Get Started with Football’ course with our Community Trust.
Liam also became a Young Ambassador for The Prince's Trust where he has spoken at many events about how The Trust helped him to turn his life around.