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Help Is Here Video Update

Help Is Here Video Update Spirit of Shankly’s Help is Here campaign was started as a response to the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable during Covid-19. It was clear from the start of lockdown there were a lot of people in our communities without access to food through shielding, self-isolation, illness or hardship. In partnership with Morrisons, SOS began delivering food drops in April, to date we have delivered upwards of 2,200 parcels. We couldn’t have done any of this without the help of others: the taxi drivers, Tony, Frank, Philly and Phil, who make [...]

By |2020-08-20T16:10:43+01:00July 15th, 2020|

A Statement

SOS and Blue Union Joint Statement Spirit of Shankly‘s message has remained consistent throughout this crisis and that is: public health considerations must come first. We have worked in partnership with LFC, Merseyside Police and the City Council and all our messaging has been joint, always focusing on the safety of the public. We have seen some have chosen to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety. We understand wanting to celebrate, but Covid-19 has not gone away. Jurgen Klopp has said, when it is safe to do so, we will work to [...]

By |2020-08-07T20:46:14+01:00June 27th, 2020|

Football returns to Merseyside

SOS and Blue Union Joint Statement Spirit of Shankly and the Blue Union welcome the news that games are to be played on Merseyside. Building on the community work both sets of fans continue to do throughout this pandemic, we are confident supporters will respect safety advice and avoid visiting stadia where games are taking place. We fully understand the importance of lockdown as a measure to control Covid-19 and encourage all fans to stay away from any stadium and avoid congregating in numbers. Join Renew [...]

By |2020-07-14T09:37:23+01:00June 10th, 2020|

SOS and Blue Union Joint Statement

SOS and Blue Union Joint Statement When it was announced players were to resume training, the focus on football returned to how the season should be concluded. For Spirit of Shankly and The Blue Union, our primary concern remains the number of cases and tragic deaths from Covid-19. Ideally competitive football would restart when it is safe for all – players, officials, matchday staff and the game’s main stakeholders, supporters. In reality this is unlikely. The consensus is that if the season is to be finished it will be behind closed doors without fans. Therefore [...]

By |2020-06-24T09:43:32+01:00May 22nd, 2020|

Chair’s Update – May 2020

Chair's Update May 2020 This past week should have seen the conclusion of the 2019/20 season and, as we hoped, with LFC crowned champions. The wait for our 19th title goes on, but we know the players have resumed partial training with a view to the season re-commencing in June. There is no certainty of this, but what is certain is that if it does, it will be behind closed doors. Spirit of Shankly have been in constant dialogue with LFC since the postponement. We have kept discussions open on the impact on fans, members [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:19:45+01:00May 20th, 2020|

Response to Mayor Anderson

Response to Mayor Anderson Spirit of Shankly are angered by comments made by Liverpool City Mayor, Joe Anderson. The Mayor has chosen to speak out on a hypothetical matter, namechecking Liverpool FC supporters without discussion with those fans or fan groups. There is no evidence to support the Mayor’s perception that Liverpool supporters will break any lockdown regulations and gather outside of Anfield should football be resumed and played behind closed doors. LFC, in their statement on the matter, refer to their engagement with supporters’ groups. SOS raised this issue with the club, back on [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:20:07+01:00April 30th, 2020|

Solidarity with Montevideo

Solidarity with Montevideo A few weeks ago, at the beginning of March, a group of Spirit of Shankly met with supporters of Uruguay’s @LiverpoolFC1915, based in Montevideo, who were visiting the city. It was the start of a friendship between our two sets of fans. We have just had news from them and it is wonderful to hear they too have set up a campaign to help others. Olla Solidaria (it translates literally as solitary cooking pot) is a scheme held each Monday through Saturday at Liverpool FC’s headquarters in Belvedere, a working-class neighbourhood in [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:21:50+01:00April 24th, 2020|

Mental Health Research

Mental Health Research At the Spirit of Shankly 2019 AGM a motion was passed that we would help where possible with mental health initiatives. We agreed to work with local organisations and other supporters’ trusts to promote mental health awareness; to demonstrate that it’s okay to not be okay; and to support people to open up about their thoughts, feelings and emotions. The idea is to encourage SOS members and the wider supporter base to seek help from friends, family and services if they are suffering in any way. In line with this we have [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:24:03+01:00April 22nd, 2020|

SOS Join Forces to Provide PPE

SOS Join Forces to Provide PPE Spirit of Shankly have joined forces with Fans Supporting Foodbanks and the Lydiate Learning Trust to help NHS staff and care workers. As part of our ongoing Help is Here campaign, SOS have donated £2,000 of union funds towards the production and distribution of much needed Personal Protection Equipment. We will also donate all new membership fees  – £10 for every new member who joins between now and August – to further boost manufacture in line with this project. This money will enable the production of more than 5,000 [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:24:33+01:00April 20th, 2020|

The Right Outcome

The Right Outcome Liverpool FC announced, on Monday 6 April, they will not be furloughing their non-playing staff. They have, as explained by CEO Peter Moore, opted to find alternatives to ensure the club’s workforce is protected in these extraordinary times. They have also apologised in their own words, for “coming to the wrong conclusion last week”. Spirit of Shankly welcome the club’s honesty, change in plan and willingness to listen and be involved in productive dialogue with several parties. They have also made assurances that the welfare of their staff is paramount. This news [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:25:06+01:00April 6th, 2020|
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