EITC Recognised For Commitment To Armed Forces

Ahead of Remembrance Day, Everton in the Community has been recognised by the Armed Forces Covenant for its ongoing commitment to the military.

At the Club’s recent Remembrance fixture against Watford on Sunday 5 November, EitC Knowsley Veterans Hub Project Manager Dave Curtis was officially presented with the ‘Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award’ in recognition for the charity proudly supporting those who serve.

The Club’s official charity has been delivering ‘Knowsley Veterans Hub’ since February 2016, a football and exercise based programme funded by The Royal British Legion to engage former military personnel who are at risk of isolation with sport, training and social activity.

The programme is headed up by KVH Project Coordinator and veteran Dave Curtis who uses his natural attributes and life experiences to provide support to those who may not necessarily have the confidence to speak up and seek the help they require.

The programme offers a range of engagement tools, support mechanisms and evidence-based behavioural change methods to improve the lives of veterans and their families.

As well as directly supporting veterans, KVH also benefits the local community with the participants improving their skills, finding employment, avoiding potential anti-social behaviour and reducing their likelihood of ill health.

There are over 8,500 identified veterans across Knowsley and these figures are continually increasing along with the levels of homelessness, unemployment and substance misuse. The programme allows participants to re-gain structure and routine into their lives as well as providing tailored information and support for the Knowsley area.

Since the launch of the programme 18 months ago, the charity has supported more than 450 veterans which has led to its work with service leaders and veterans being officially recognised by the Armed Forces Covenant.

For more information on Knowsley Veterans Hub, click here. Or, for more about the Armed Forces Covenant, click here.

To mark Remembrance Day, Evertonians and local residents gathered at Goodison Park on Friday to pay their respects to players who lost their lives during wartime conflict.

A remembrance service, organised by the Everton Heritage Society, was staged at the Memorial Gates at the Park End next to the Dixie Dean statute and in front of the plaques that commemorate those who have fallen.

The service was conducted by Reverend Henry Corbett - the Club’s chaplain at USM Finch Farm - with wreaths laid by Everton Football Club.

A total of five players lost their lives in the two World Wars while on the books of Everton.

Brian Atkins was an airman and gunner killed on duty in 1944.

Thomas Gracie fought with the Royal Scots, while Leigh Richmond Roose was a charismatic goalkeeper killed on the Western front in 1917.

Bill Sumner, a fleet footed winger and pilot, died in an accident in India in 1944, while Wilfred Toman died fighting with the King’s regiment on the Western Front.

Also commemorated on the plaque are Frank Boundy and Malcom Fraser, who were founder members of Everton Chile in 1909 and had British roots which drew them from Chile to Europe to volunteer, during which they both died at the Somme in 1916.

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