Watch as we take you on to the new floating footy pitch at Royal Albert Dock
Footy on a floating pitch, inside the Albert Dock – Yes please!
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool’s action-packed summer continues with the return of free football coaching sessions, led by Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation. Watch our preview video above for everything you need to know.
This year, Summer Football on the Dock has an exciting new element as the pop-up football pitch is on a floating pontoon on the water at the heart of the iconic Dock.
The fun and free Summer Football on the Dock programme runs daily from August 2 to 10, 11am-3pm, and from August 11-22, 11am-4pm. With the pitch’s incredible new setting this year, surrounded by the Dock’s Grade I listed pavilions on the water, this is the beautiful game as you’ve never experienced it before!
The programme was launched this week with a mini Merseyside derby where young players from Everton in the Community’s James Greenop Foundation Kicks programme took on their counterparts from LFC Foundation’s Kicks programme under the watchful eye of Everton Ambassador Graeme Sharp. People of all ages and all abilities are invited to drop by and join in the action-packed, inclusive programme – with no pre-booking required.
A break from the football and another exciting, new element for this year’s event – the pitch will be transformed into a netball court for one day only (Sunday, August 5) as netball takes centre stage. From 11am-3pm visitors can learn some new skills, play a bit of netball and have fun. All ages and abilities are welcome. With less than a year to go until Liverpool hosts the Netball World Cup 2019, England Netball is offering people the chance to come and try the sport for themselves.
Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, said:
“The floating football pitch is certainly a first in the Dock’s 172-year history – who wouldn’t want to play some football in such a unique and stunning location? We know visitors of all ages and ability are going to have a blast and it doesn’t matter if they are a boy or a girl, football fan or not, experienced or a novice, a red or a blue! Summer Football on the Dock is for everyone to take part in. And what’s more – the skills and drills are completely free!
Coaches from Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation will be sharing their vast knowledge with the young footballers to develop their skills, ball control and teamwork. Budding Mo Salahs, Jordan Pickfords and Jodie Taylors will be able to take part in open sessions and mini tournaments. Alongside this are courses that aim to inspire the next generation of female footballers as well as sessions for all abilities, making the game accessible for all.
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, the North West’s most visited free visitor attraction, is offering an adrenalin-fuelled summer in 2018 as the floating football pitch joins the exhilarating new experience, Adventure Dock, which has been drawing huge crowds since its opening back in May.