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WE'RE ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY; City success in foster kids' football tournament.

Byline: LORNA HUGHES @lorna_hughes

A FOSTER carer from Liverpool coached his team to victory in a national football tournament.

Players led by Clifford Danns, from Walton, lifted the cup at the annual Core Assets football tournament earlier this month.

The games, which are attended by foster children and families from across the UK, saw the squad scoop success in the 12-14 age category.

Over 600 foster children from all over the country took part in the tournament at Nottingham University.

Clifford, 53, said: "I was thrilled to coach the team and felt elated when they walked away with the cup.

"It was all about team effort and camaraderie. The players performed exceptionally well on the day and it was wonderful to see them engaging with such deter mination.

"Every year we all look forward to the Core Assets football tournament which unites so many foster children and foster families from all over Britain.

"It is always an occasion for celebration and fun."

Clifford's birth son, Jordan Danns, 13, said he was proud to captain the winning side.

The football fanatic and Everton season ticket holder represents his school, North Liverpool Academy, at the sport.

He said: "It was great to take part in the Core Assets event. The atmosphere was terrific.

"When we lifted the trophy at the end it was a privilege to be captain of such a good side."

The Danns family have been fostering for seven years and have looked after seven children and young people.

Clifford and his wife Margaret, who were inspired to foster by a family friend, said their house was always full of energy and fostering keeps them young.

He said: "Being a foster carer can be challenging but the rewards far outweigh the hard work.

"My wife is the primary carer and she does a fantastic job keeping the young people on track and making sure they achieve their full potential."

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WINNERS: Clifford, right, and Jordan Danns
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2013
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