HOW DIRK KEEPS CREATING CHANCES
Jimmy Rice 28 November 2008



Dirk Kuyt has a lot on his plate right now. A flurry of goals for club and country has taken his kudos to new levels, and everyone wants a piece of the action.


Take today: after leaving training at Melwood, there's an in-depth interview with The Sunday Times to conduct. Sky Sports also want a word.
 
It doesn't help that he didn't get much sleep last night. The latest addition to his ever-expanding family - baby Jordan, his third child - was born in Liverpool earlier this month and has yet to develop a respect for his superstar father's regimented sleeping pattern.
 
In between all this, Kuyt has been picked to visit Woodlands Hospice, which provides treatment and therapy for terminally ill patients four miles from Liverpool's training ground in Fazakarley.
 
The hospice won £4,000 and an appearance from one of Rafa Benitez's squad as part of the Premier League's Creating Chances initiative.
 
It is here that Sheila Walsh, personal assistant to seven different Liverpool managers, received care before losing her fight with illness at the turn of the year.
 
Kuyt is here alongside former Reds winger Brian Hall to talk about life, football and how he gets on with his teammates.



One patient wants to talk wages ("We earn massive wages but I have never thought about a single penny when I've been on the pitch. You play to win and for fun."); another about whether Kuyt gets to enjoy the odd pint ("I like beer but if you want to make it in football it's almost impossible."). Then a lady's voice interrupts.
 
"You worked your socks off on Saturday, Dirk," she says. "The commentator said you looked knackered."
 
Kuyt smiles. His natural arena might be the football pitch but, as the founder of his very own charity which helps underprivileged children around the world, the 28-year-old is at one with those less fortunate than him.
 
"It's good for each of the players to come to places like this a couple of times a year," he tells Liverpoolfc.tv during his third interview of the day later in the afternoon. "The people here have real problems but the minute we step into the room they are laughing and smiling. They're happy you're there.
 
"It makes me feel good because it's important for us players to know what's going on in places around Liverpool. It's good to have a conversation with people like the patients here.
 
"Being a footballer is not just about the minutes you play on the pitch. You have to think what you can do for the community and for the city you are in.
 
"Everyone in Liverpool is close to one another. From the first day I came here I could see the people were really friendly and helpful. When you are coming from another country and trying to settle, that's so important.
 
"So from my point of view it's great to be involved in something like this."
 
The £4,000 from Creating Chances will go towards a £2.37million capital appeal to build an inpatient unit, which will supplement the day treatment currently given to 350 patients a year.

Even by Dirk Kuyt standards, the hospice is working overdrive to see the project is successful.

Central to the fundraising appeal is Claire Hughes, who wrote the Creating Chances application and was charged with keeping Kuyt's visit quiet until just a few days ago.

Once word got out, the excitement was palpable.

"People have come in no matter what team they support and everyone has been really excited about it," says Claire.



"One of the things that is unique about a hospice is what we can't do for patients. One of our mottos is 'Adding life to days where days cannot be added to life.'

"Anything we can do to make the patients smile or make their day better is great and today has been unbelievable. Dirk really joined in and they've loved it."

Part of the question and answer session involves Kuyt and Hall asking patients for their footballing memories.

"Here at the hospice, part of the work is to put a smile on the patients' faces, get them reminiscing and talking about good times," says Hall, who left Liverpool for Plymouth in 1976 after 222 appearances.

These days Hall heads up the Public Relations department at Anfield, and it's he who coordinates an extended round of shirt signings and photographs once the session is at an end.

First in the queue is 68-year-old Joan Morris, whose neck is decorated by an unofficial Liverpool scarf.

"I was calling him a few names last Saturday, but I really like Dirk," says Joan.

"He lived up to expectations today - he was really nice.

"We need recognition at the hospice. We survive on what people give and they're all volunteers here. We're very close-knit because we're all going down the same path."

Once every shirt has been signed, Kuyt heads to reception for one last interview, during which he's asked about becoming a dad once more.

"To be fair, it's so far so good on the sleep front, though last night wasn't the best. I'm hoping to have a sleep after this interview," he says.

"It's going well. The people at the women's hospital were great and very helpful, as always. That makes it a lot easier for me and my family.

"He was born in Liverpool just like his brother - they're two little Scousers."

With that, Kuyt is gone, leaving the final word to Joan.

"He's a bit shorter than he looks on telly, isn't he? But no, I'll remember this day - I loved it."



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我也好想要kuyt的簽名阿..
天呀,他怎麼可以帥成這樣。
kuyt一直都是我的菜阿....
帥帥帥帥帥帥...................

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  • celestechien
  • 怎麼不試著翻譯看看呢
    我可以幫你看呀~
    或者是用中文寫出大綱也行
    娛樂兼學習
    進步會更快唷~~

    來幫你加油打氣~~
  • 嗯..謝謝妳呀~~~:)
    不過我大概要下星期才有空可以試著翻一翻
    因為這星期忙著要開始打掃0.0 星期天就是除夕了..
    房間已經堆很多灰塵了.
    而且我這星期還有課 因為為了要拿學分所以我寒假有修課..
    文學與電影這門課,實在是不怎麼好應付..尤其是分組的問題使我頭疼
    如果不分組自己找時間寫的話 我應該還可以應付的來
    但是通識課都不是班上同學,..有點頭疼
    通常我都是除夕當天最忙..再來初一初二之後就閒在家比較多
    因為也懶得跑出去玩
    不過今年想要不一樣的願望是在家把Twilight原文第一集小說看完..
    昨天已經看到了20幾頁了..想趕快看完之後再去買第二集來看
    記得老師有教過,不要太依賴字典,雖然我的字彙懂得量並不多
    不過我試著去閱讀小說的內容去猜那個意思,嗯嗯~
    不知道這樣子會不會更進步些呢~
    妳也要加油阿..看到妳好像還有進度
    加油加油:) 對了~昨天看到德比戰時 ,畫面一直帶鏡頭到下雪耶..
    利物浦下雪了...天呀! 我也好興奮..但只可惜昨天差一點點咱們就可以贏了
    雖然平手也不會使我們失去榜首位置,但是我還是想要繼續領先阿...
    傑拉德那一球真是漂亮,果然是靈魂人物隊長..但是真的差一點
    下一場足總盃繼續加油!!!
    :)

    M 於 2009/01/20 23:59 回覆

  • celestechien
  • 是呀!看德比的時候也飄雪
    我看到就想說Min這時候看到在飄雪應該也會很興奮
    因為我才剛貼完利物浦下雪的文章
    你就在比賽畫面中看到
    是不是讓你覺得身在其中的感覺呢!?
    加油喔!!
    只要我有空我就會幫你看看~~

    ps. Gerrard進了那一球時,全場超high的呢!!最後Everton也進了,不過明顯的看出,士氣真的不如我們囉!不過我不討厭他們,畢竟是同城的。當然只有德比的時候不能偷偷幫他們加油啦!
  • 噗~鏡頭有一直帶下雪的畫面,我好想去利物浦唷~~~~~~
    天呀天呀~我要尖叫~哈哈!!
    噗~我也沒很討厭他們~上次他們跟切爾西踢時~我狂幫他們加油
    哈哈哈!! 因為不想要切爾西跟我們搶榜首..噗 這是自私的表現嗎?
    我其實沒有特別討厭哪一隊啦...(好心虛的feel..)
    我最愛就是利物浦就對了! 嘿嘿~~:)

    M 於 2009/01/22 01:53 回覆