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Football Club to call King George V ‘home’

by Jonathan Kearney

A growing and successful, community owned semi-professional football club is set to move its operations to Knowsley – providing a boost to a valued community sports facility.

City of Liverpool FC, who currently play in the Northern Premier North West Division, have taken over the lease from Livv Housing and the running of the King George V Sports Centre from 10 July 2020 and adjacent playing fields in Huyton. The lease will initially run for two years with a view to a further extension.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “We are delighted to welcome City of Liverpool FC here to Knowsley. The outdoor area and Sports Centre is used by people of all ages throughout the week, participating in sports including football and boxing and activities such as dance, martial arts and yoga. We want the community to be able to use this facility for generations to come and the ambitions of City of Liverpool would support that.”

The club will operate the Centre, which hosts a number of sports activities for all ages throughout the week, and move their headquarters and all non-match day activity onto the site.

This would include all training activity during the spring and summer period for all teams, across various age groups and abilities.

Paul Manning, Chairman of City of Liverpool FC, added: “We have been searching for a training and operations base and we are delighted that King George V had everything we needed in terms of location, size, quality and most importantly, potential.
“We will be managing the site for an initial period with a view to taking on a much longer term lease which in turn could release the full potential of the site and see King George V become a first class football facility for the local community, Knowsley as a whole and our community owned football club.
“The foundations for a brilliant football and sports facility are already in place and we’re looking forward to working with the community and partners as we develop our plans and look to make KGV sustainable for generations to come.”

Amanda Newton, Executive Director – Customer Insight, Livv Housing Group, added: “We are delighted to be working with the City of Liverpool Football Club at the King George V sports centre. We’ve been working with them to identify the role they can play in delivering health and wellbeing outcomes in the Borough. They have some big and exciting plans for how the centre can be utilised to really benefit the people and the communities in the area.
“At Livv Housing Group we are always striving to create a positive impact for people in our communities and these activities will deliver great opportunities for young people and families across Knowsley. Our partnerships with COLFC aligns with our recent commitments to the area throughout our Community Investment Strategy and Knowsley’s 2030 Strategy for improved health and wellbeing in the borough. This is a great example of Knowsley Better Together that we are proud to support.”