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Delighted to help so many, says Gerrard.

YOUNGSTERS have been brushing up on their soccer skills this summer with help from one of Knowsley's footballing superstars and Oriel, the new name in home building.

Around 100 young people took part in the youth football camp at Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Excellence, supported by the Steven Gerrard Foundation.

Steven teamed up with his old coach and good friend Hugh McAuley for the camp, which was held for the second year running in August.

This year the project was sponsored by new Knowsley-based property developer Oriel, which is part of the First Ark Group.

The England and Liverpool captain, who grew up in Huyton, supports the camps to give youngsters an insight into a career in football, develop their confidence and encourage them to make the right choices in life.

Steven said: "I'm delighted we are able to be a part of the camp, and help so many children locally. It's about learning new skills and gaining more knowledge of the game. We are very grateful for the sponsorship from Oriel and the support of HASCL and Knowsley Council and I hope all the kids involved enjoyed it."

Ian Thomson, Executive Director for Oriel, said: "It has been fantastic to be part of this project that offers young people the chance to build on their skills and maybe even start on the path to a sporting future.

"Steven is a great role model and it has been a wonderful opportunity for these young people to learn from him about what hard work and dedication can achieve."

Oriel will be bringing a range of new homes to the market in Knowsley with a choice of ways to buy including shared ownership and outright purchase - offering the chance of home ownership to those for whom it would otherwise be out of reach.

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? Steven Gerrard puts youngsters through their paces, above and left, as part of the youth football camp at Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Excellence, supported by the Steven Gerrard Foundation
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Oct 8, 2013
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