Former Tranmere Rovers goalie helping to save kids from failing to reach their potential

• Steve Spence (centre back row) with his class.

A former professional footballer is hoping to pass on the skills he has learnt to help local children reach their potential – both on and off the pitch.

Steve Spence and his family have been part of the Opening Doors Project community since it started in 2016.

Now the dad-of-two, who played for Liverpool FC as a youth and then professionally as a goalkeeper for both Chester City and Tranmere Rovers FC as an adult, is leading one of the activities himself – the parent and child football training at Activities For All Stadium on Maguire Drive, Bootle.

However, it is not just good technique with the ball that he hopes to impart, but skills children  need to get on in life.

“I came from a single parent family,”  Steve said, “The way I live my life and the morals and principles I have come from the positive male role models I had in football.”

Among the lessons he teaches is respect for others, that it’s OK to ask for help and support, and bounce-back-ability – the sklll of being able to recover from making mistakes.

“All these things were instilled in me as a young player,” Mr Spence said, “And they have stayed with me. I am hoping to pass those messages on to young children through football. Football is a good way of getting listening ears. It is not just  about the competitive side.”

Steve, 45, who still plays football for Sefton veterans team, is passionate about helping youngsters reach their potential and hopes that his classes will play a part in helping kids overcome any issues that are holding them back.

“They might just need a positive role model,” he said, “It could be issues at home or struggling to make friends. I see the football and being involved with Opening Doors as a great opportunity to help children reach their full potential and find out what it is if they are not.”

The group caters for children aged 5-14 years and meets between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays – though it will be taking a break in December for Christmas activities.

 

This blog story appeared in November issue of Walton Herald. 

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