Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC have received a massive boost after Liverpool was placed into Tier 2 of the government’s new coronavirus system.

Liverpool being placed in Tier 2 means that sport outside will be allowed to make a return to Merseyside.

Bootle Bucks has not been able to meet due to the month-long national lockdown.

The team is now happy to announce their sessions will begin again on December 5.

The club has also been nominated for the Liverpool Echo’s team of the year award. The ceremony will take place on Friday.

The nomination for the award highlights the great success of the Inclusion side who have inspired the whole community.

The club was set up in 2018 by John Doran and others, with the aim of offering football coaching to local children and adults who previously had not had the opportunities to play football and socialise with others.

The work the club has done within the community of Bootle saw them nominated for the prestigious North West Football award in there very first year.

After a successful few years the club now coaches over 130 players with ages ranging from as young as 6 all the way to 38 years old.

The team travels away to play other inclusion teams around the country and participated in ‘George Best International Disability Tournament’.

This has created many happy memories for all involved in the project.

The Bucks’ most recent away day was to an event at Bradford City before the country was placed in another lockdown

The mini tournament was set up and was officiated by Premier League Referees John Moss and Martin Atkinson.

John Moss refereeing the event at Bradford – Author: John Doran

The team was also joined by Red Rum Club, a band from Liverpool, who have a close connection to the project.

Some of the band members are related with the owners of Bootle football club.

In an exclusive interview with Mersey Sport Live, Francis Doran, the lead singer of the band and also son of one of the founders of the project, highlighted the importance of the project in a tough period for all.

He said: “The event at Bradford was great to be part of even though we got beat most of the games! It was special to see look on all the kids faces.

“Seeing that first hand watching that first hand, were all these young people, who have suffered and have had to cope with the changing circumstances and changing environment so to see the relief and the enjoyment it was amazing to see.”

With the news that Liverpool will be placed in tier two it now means the team can resume running its sessions and providing a vital service to the community of Bootle.

This will be a much-needed boost for the community in a tough period for everyone in the area. The whole of Bootle will be hoping that the team can also win the Echo team of the year award to give all involved the recognition they deserve.

If you would like to get involved with the club or would like to bring your child or children to a session, then you can do so by following the link to the club’s website below.

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(Featured Image by John Doran)


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