Liverpool FC’s Official Mascot Mighty Red and the LFC Foundation have become the first ever Mascot programme and Premier League Football Foundation to be awarded Makaton Friendly Status.
By joining the Makaton Friendly scheme, the Reds can make their services accessible to everyone, especially those who use Makaton to aid their communication. As Mighty Red is a non-verbal character the use of Makaton will support fan engagement on matchdays at Anfield and Prenton Park and during his non-matchday community appearances and Anfield Tours.
To get accredited by The Makaton Charity, Mighty Red and LFC Foundation completed the Makaton Training and were awarded silver status, the highest accreditation. This involved learning Core Vocabulary along with special sports associated words.
Rishi Jain, senior manager ED&I at LFC said: “We’re proud to achieve Makaton Friendly Silver status and recognised for making our club as inclusive and accessible as possible to every fan. “This has been an important piece of work by both the foundation and the mascot team and one we are immensely proud of. Thanks to The Makaton Charity, we can now ensure that all of LFCF’s Kicks Inclusion, SEN, Mental Health sessions and Mighty Red appearances are inclusive to all of those who require the use of Makaton to aid communication.”
Hannah Anderson, Membership and Partnerships Director from The Makaton Charity, commented: "We are thrilled to award the Liverpool Football Club Mascot Mighty Red and the Liverpool Football Club Foundation with Makaton Friendly Silver status in recognition of enabling their staff to learn Makaton signs and symbols to support people with communication difficulties. “The Makaton Charity exists to ensure everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has the tools and resources they need to understand and be understood. The charity aims to ensure that as many people as possible have access to Makaton and initiatives such as the Makaton Friendly partnership programme are a key tool in making organisations and community spaces more accessible to Makaton users. “The scheme drives inclusivity to help create a fairer and more tolerant society for all. This ensures that the excellent work done by organisations such as Liverpool Football Club continues within the community so that all visitors feel welcome"
Head to Mighty Red’s Instagram to see how to sign You’ll Never Walk Alone, Hello My Name Is and I Love LFC in Makaton.
Find out more about Becoming a Makaton Friendly Partner