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Take on the 2023 Sefton Couch 2 5K challenge this January

Active Sefton has announced that its hugely successful Couch to 5K programme will be returning to Litherland later this month.

Fitness lovers and those wanting to commit to a New Years fitness resolution are all welcome to sign up for the fun ten week course.

Taking place every Monday and Wednesday at Litherland Sports Park, the coach-led crash courses aim to help you get back into shape or rediscover your love of running over a number of weeks

Running for 10 weeks, starting January 16th, registration is just £10, working out at a bargain price of just 50p per session.

The sessions, running from 6-7pm, are perfect training for those looking to get fit, find a love of running or build up stamina. Sessions are drop in, drop out but it is recommended that runners take part in as many as possible to see the biggest benefit.

Running has many health benefits, including improved heart and lungs; and when combined with a healthy diet can result in weight loss. A more active life style is also known to improve mental health and can act as a great stress reliever.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Taking part in Active Sefton’s Couch to 5k is a great way to get fit and in shape

“As well helping to keep you in shape, the programme is also a great way to meet new people and make links with the local community. Good luck to everybody who decides to take part, and most importantly have fun!”

For more information about Couch to 5k, contact Active Sefton on 0151 288 6286 or email

Green-fingered community group are bloomin’ successful thanks to Sefton

Maghull & District CIC group,A green-fingered community group from Maghull is blossoming after winning a top environment award.
The Friends of Maghull & District CIC group, which have gone from strength to strength thanks to the support of Sefton Council’s specialist crowdfunding project, have recently won the BBC Radio Merseyside ‘Make A Difference’ Environment Award.

Dedication and tireless efforts

Out of hundreds of nominees, the hard working community group behind the Stafford Moreton Way and Woodend projects, were chosen for their dedication and tireless efforts which have transformed large parts of their community. 
The Friends of Maghull & District CIC (FOMD) group are one of the flagship successes of the Sefton Crowd campaign – a specialist crowdfunding platform from Sefton Council which aims to support groups who want to make positive changes within the areas they live.
Thanks to Sefton Crowd and generous backers, FOMD CIC have raised an astonishing £36,500 towards environmental projects in Maghull. £30,000 was raised towards creating a safe woodland style greenspace called Bobby’s Wood, while a further £6,500 was raised to transform Stafford Moreton Way into an eco-educational area for future generations.

Kind-hearted people

Dr Frank Sharp (FOMD CIC Director) said: “We want this award to be for the countless amazingly kind-hearted people in our community that have contributed at every level, to make a difference to our environment.

“In addition, we would like to thank Sefton Council’s Sefton Crowd platform which has provided us with an invaluable support system to raise funds for the last two projects.”
Working in partnership with Spacehive, the UK’s leading civic crowdfunding platform, Sefton Crowd is an initiative that gives residents with an idea to improve their community the opportunity to gain funding via Spacehive’s crowdfunding platform.

Incredible schemes and ideas

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Through the Sefton Crowd we have already seen some incredible schemes and ideas brought to fruition.

“This award for the FOMD group is very much deserved and we are delighted that we have been able to support their tireless efforts through our platform.

“We continue to search for and support projects that answer our call for ideas which benefit local people and communities.

“I’m also calling on companies and foundations to join us in offering support – whether funding or in-kind – to the ideas people post on the platform so we can work together to make them a real success. The more people that get involved in Sefton Crowd the more amazing places we can create together.”

Supporting a project can cost as little at £2 and funding may also be available via Sefton Council’s Community Transition Fund.
You can find out about opportunities to back a project or to create your own here. 

‘A real honour’ says Bootle superstar Alex Greenwood as she unveils huge hometown mural

Alex Greenwood with Cllr Ian Moncur & Cllr Trish Hardy“It’s a real honour and if I can inspire just one girl from Bootle to play football then I feel like my job is done!”

That is the message from Bootle Lioness and England Women’s Footballer Alex Greenwood as she officially unveiled a huge mural celebrating her successes.


The 29-year-old Euro 2022 winning Lioness said she was extremely proud to have a mural commemorating her sporting successes painted onto the front of 320 Stanley Road in Bootle, thanks to joint funding from Sefton Council and REPT Sports.

At the official unveiling on Monday, October 25th crowds of youngsters gathered alongside Alex’s family and national media to officially unveil the mural, painted by artist John Culhsaw.

While all eyes are now on the 22ft mural, Alex is keen to use it as an opportunity to push for greater support for young girls in sport.


Alex said : “It’s a real honour to have this mural and if I can inspire just one girl from Bootle to play football then I feel like I have done my job!

“I used to walk up and down this street as a kid and it’s fantastic to know young girls and boys will walk past [the mural] and hopefully be inspired.

“I’ve seen a massive shift in mentality towards female sport and women’s football since the Euros.

“As a collective we are going to keep asking questions of those higher up and demand more opportunities for little girls and boys in the future.

“I really hope there’s another young girl standing here in however many years to come telling the same story.”

The mural sits pride of place on the busy Bootle town centre thoroughfare and be seen by thousands of schoolchildren, shoppers and commuters every day.

Hometown roots

Alex, a former St Monica’s and Savio Salesian pupil, has remained true to her hometown roots and has long been a major influence in the advancement of women & girls football within Sefton, ensuring she takes time out of her busy footballing career to motivate and inspire future generations of sporting stars throughout the borough.

She said: “I would like to thank Sefton Council for this mural.

“It’s really important for me to be able to send a message to young girls in my area that anything is possible.

“Many of the dreams I had while walking the streets of Bootle and playing on the pitches have come true through hard work and perseverance.

“Characteristics that were formed in Bootle.”


Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Alex has always been an inspiration to our sporting youngsters and we were over the moon when she, along with the other amazing Lionesses, brought home the European Championship.

“To be able to honour Alex in this way with a permanent mural in the heart of her hometown is fantastic and I know that the thousands of schoolchildren who will pass by it every day will be inspired just by seeing it.

“I want to take this opportunity to urge all our young sporting stars to take a look at Alex’s hard work and dedication to getting where she is today as one of the world’s best female footballers. Her progress is a testament to the excellent school and sports facilities we have within Sefton.”

Real honour

Popular Liverpool artist John Culshaw, who rose to fame with his incredible murals of Ringo Starr in Toxteth and Mo Salah in Anfield, designed and painted Alex’s mural said: “It was a real honour to be asked to create this mural.

“I think we have a way of getting behind our stars in Liverpool and for a Bootle girl to bring home our nation’s first piece of international silverware in 56 years is definitely something to be celebrated!

“What better way to show how proud we are than to have this mural in Alex’s hometown.”

Sefton Council, through its Active Sefton team and continued work with sports partners, strives to actively promote, support and improve football facilities in the borough to allow future generations the opportunity and access to the beautiful game.

You can find out more about how to get involved in sport and  leisure in Sefton here.


Popular Park Nights sessions return for Halloween season

A series of free sports and activities are being held under the floodlights this Halloween for young people across Sefton.

The floodlit sessions will run from Monday, October 23 through to Thursday November 3.

Activities include:

  • street golf,
  • inflatable football
  • archery
  • multi sport

Sessions will be taking place at Bowesdale Park, Hesketh Park, South Park, Bedford Park, Kirkstone Park, Coronation Park and Duke Street Park.

All sessions, which run from 5pm to 7pm, are completely free to attend and there is no need to pre-book.

Sefton GPs to receive training to spot signs of suicide risk

Health professionals across Sefton are being offered specialist training to help spot the signs of young people contemplating suicide or self-harm.

Supported by Sefton Council’s Public Health team and Mersey Care NHS Trust, the Practise Hope initiative is a culture-changing mental health programme helping 10 to 25-year-olds who have thoughts of suicide who self-harm.

One of the aims of the training is to help break the stigma around challenging and difficult conversations about suicidal thoughts. The project also involves getting the views and experiences of young people in the area directly.

As part of the initiative, staff at a number of practices across Sefton will receive training in identifying the causes that can lead a young person to self-harm or have thoughts of suicide and discuss ways to improve how they can better support young people.

Participating practices include Ainsdale, Bridge Road, Christiana Hartley, Litherlands and Seaforth.

The specialist sessions will be delivered by Olly’s Future, a national suicide prevention charity and funded by the Zero Suicide Alliance.

Dr Dan Ellis, a GP at Litherland Medical Practice, has recently taken part in a Practise Hope training session.

He said: The importance of identifying young people who have thoughts of suicide or self harm is vital.

“As a GP I have seen a massive increase in the numbers of young people presenting with various mental health issues.

“Provision of support for younger people often seems less than that for adults, and certainly harder to access. As health professionals we all need to be well equipped in working with such patients – from our reception teams to our seasoned GPs and nurses.”

Dr Rory McGill, Consultant in Public Health at Sefton Council, said he was keen for the training to help break the stigma around talking about suicidal thoughts.

Dr McGill said: “It’s important that we all work toward getting rid of the stigma of talking about suicide.

“It is a conversation that saves lives. We need to bust the myth that starting the conversation about suicide causes harm; the evidence shows us that it does not.

“What it can do though is prevent a crisis point being reached in our young people, who could benefit from a referral to a range of resources we have available in Sefton. For the young person, having this discussion can be the opportunity they needed to relieve themselves of their thoughts by being emotionally open, promoting our connection to healing rather than promoting further shame and isolation.”

All GP practices across Sefton are being encouraged to sign up for the training, which runs over a three month period.

To find out more about getting involved in the initiative, please contact Linda Foster, Practise Hope Coordinator at Olly’s Future at

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