Child Prodigies from Liverpool
Submitted on Tue, 24 Apr 2012
Liverpool is one of the UK’s most child friendly cities, with a variety of family attractions to offer. However, it also has a high rate of children in care, and fostering agencies are always looking for new foster homes for these children. Children have been very important to Liverpool’s history, and many of the UK’s most famous child prodigies have hailed from Liverpool in the last 60 years.
Undoubtedly, Liverpool’s most famous child prodigies were The Beatles. Thanks to their phenomenal success, many people forget that The Beatles were notably young when they started out. In 1957, when John Lennon formed The Quarrymen – the precursor to The Beatles – he was just 16 years old and still at school. When Paul McCartney joined in the same year, he was only 15 years old. And when George Harrison became a member in 1958, he was just 14 years old. In fact, Harrison was even deported from Germany in 1960 during a tour, when it was reported that he’d lied about his age on a visa application.
But The Beatles are far from Liverpool’s only child prodigies: indeed, the city boasts many child prodigies in the world of football. Perhaps the most notable is Wayne Rooney, who began playing for Everton – one of Liverpool’s two major football clubs – at age nine. Rooney, who was born in Walton near Liverpool, was spotted by an Everton Scout while playing in the local league. And until May 2010, he held the Liverpool Schoolboys record of 72 goals in one season. By the age of 15, he was playing for England under 19s. He was also instrumental in getting Everton to the FA Youth Cup Final in 2002 – the same year he began playing for Everton’s first team.
Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard is also known as one of the city’s great modern child prodigies. Like Rooney with Everton, Gerrard began playing for Liverpool’s youth academy at age 9 and signed his first professional contract with Liverpool at age 17 after trials with several major clubs, including Manchester United. Since 2003, Gerrard has been Liverpool captain. He is also currently vice-captain of the England football team, having served as captain once during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
One of today’s notable child prodigies from Liverpool is 16-year-old Jack Hunter-Spivey, a table tennis champion. This Paralympic hopeful was born with cerebral palsy and plays table tennis in his wheelchair, including in able-bodied tournaments. Hunter-Spivey has won several medals at the National Disabled Championships and the UK School Games, and was ranked 5th in Cheshire in the able-bodied rankings in 2010. Also in 2010, he was named Merseyside Sportsman of the Year.
In order for children to realise their true potential there has to be a strong support network available to them. Traditional support networks are usually through the family and through schools but some children do not have access to a family in the traditional sense. There are lots of families fostering children in Liverpool
who are providing a great alternative to state care and are allowing for bright young people to realise their true potential. The city of Liverpool is a shining example of a strong family unit helping to produce highly successful young people in all areas of life.
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Fiona Roy writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.
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