Reds youngsters paid special visit visit by Sporting Chance

Liverpool FC U23’s and U18’s were recently paid a special visit to the Academy by behavioural problems clinic, Sporting Chance.

Founded in 2000, Sporting Chance Clinic is the brainchild of former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams MBE who was inspired by his own recovery from alcoholism.

Based on his experience, and what he felt was lacking, Adams MBE saw the need for a safe, dedicated environment, where sportsmen and women could receive support and counselling for the kinds of destructive behaviour patterns that exist in the world of competitive sport, but that are often denied.

The Reds youngsters were visited in Kirkby by ex-professional footballers Jeff Whitley and Scott Davies who both spoke openly about their battle with alcohol, gambling and drugs.

Following a visit to Sporting Chance Clinic, Whitley overcame his alcohol and drug addiction to become Head of Education for the clinic based in Liphook, Hampshire.

On the visit from Sporting Chance, midfielder Cameron Brannagan said; It is great to listen to the likes of Jeff (Whitley) and Scott (Davies) who have experienced issues such as drugs and gambling first-hand. We can only benefit from seminars such as this from Sporting Chance, as they show that there is a great support network for the boys should they encounter any problems off the field.”

Ex-Manchester City and Cardiff City midfielder Whitley added; “I have a massive respect for what Liverpool Football Club is trying to do in order to prevent and look after the well-being of their players and staff.

“It is a real blessing for me to be able to visit Club’s such as Liverpool FC to openly talk about a number of issues that I encountered when I was a professional footballer.

“From my perspective, I wish that I would have been able to listen to a talk such as this one today at their age as it shows how important it is have a strong support network.”

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