Everton in the Community’s Pan Disability B team are travelling to South Korea this week to represent the Club and its official charity.
The participants will be staying in South Korea for a week and will take part in a one-off football match with the South Korean Special Olympic national team, dubbed the ‘Super Blue Match’.
The fixture will take place at the Sungai Arena Park, home to Incheon United Football Club, on Saturday, ahead of Incheon United’s own game against Suwon Samsung. The stadium has a capacity of more than 20,000 and the match will be shown live on a local Korean TV channel.
During their stay, the Everton in the Community coaches who are accompanying the players on the trip will also be delivering a number of inclusive coaching and education workshops for local coaches in the area.
The participants and coaches will also be visiting various landmarks in Incheon and Seoul whilst also linking up with the South Korea Everton Supporters’ Club during their week-long stay.
Steve Johnson, Disability Manager for Everton in the Community, is one of the members of staff travelling to South Korea and, ahead of the trip, he said: “This is going to be a great experience for all of our disabled players that have been afforded the opportunity to come and take part in this match. I’m sure it will be an experience they will never forget.
“To be able to spread the word of the fantastic work Everton in the Community does across the world is always special and myself and the other coaches are really looking forward to meeting a lot of new people during the trip and putting on some coaching and educational sessions whilst we’re there as well.”
Everton’s disability programme is one of the largest and most respected in Europe and provides football and physical activity opportunities for over a thousand disabled children and adults each year.
The Club’s official charity currently has 130 disabled players across nine different disability teams, the Pan Disability B team being one of those teams, all of the teams are inclusive with teams available to those with any disability whether that be learning, physical, reduced stature, autism, cerebral palsy, deaf or partially sighted.