Everton in the Community celebrates 30th birthday
The month of February sees our network member Everton in the Community (EitC) celebrate its 30th birthday with activities for all Evertonians and the Everton Family to join in the fun.
Founded in February 1988 as “The Community Programme”, Everton in the Community has since then become the award-winning charity of Everton FC. With many initiatives and programmes developed over the years, EitC has transformed the lives of thousands in the Merseyside area. In order to celebrate key achievements after 30 years, EitC has prepared special events and activities for everyone.
Designated birthday fixture
February 10th saw Everton entertain Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. This event was the designated birthday fixture of Everton in the Community. EitC asked for all Evertonians to come together and celebrate with special matchday activities.
Fans were encouraged to arrive at Goodison Park before kick-off at 3pm to join in the celebrations, as EitC staff participated in a flag parade around the stadium from 2:15pm to 2:45pm. Before that, the FanZone and the Matchday Hub offered various activities to get fans in the matchday mood, including live music, interviews with the key staff fan competitions and football coaching sections.
At half-time, there was also a special crossbar challenge competition. Three lucky fans took part in the challenge to win two tickets to the charity’s exclusive black-tie Gala Dinner on Tuesday, February 13th.
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Black-tie Gala Dinner
On Tuesday, February 13th, there will be a special black-tie Gala Dinner at St George’s Hall. The Everton Family will come together to look back on the past 30 years, celebrate the achievements and look forward to the next 30 years of EitC. Lots of members will be involved, including first-team players and Club Ambassadors.
Through out the month of February, EitC will see the first-team squad, Under-23s, Everton Ladies and Club Ambassadors visiting different EiTC projects throughout the Merseyside area. They will meet the participants and see how EitC is changing the community first-hand. One example recently is the visit of Everton manager, Sam Allardyce, who has described the work of EitC as “second to none”.
At the end of February, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE, EitC’s Executive Chair, will discuss what the future holds for Everton in the Community.
Fans are encouraged to share memories and stories of EitC on social media using #EITC30.
If you want to follow what Everton in the Community and the celebrations, please visit: www.evertonfc.com/community