Everton Football Club and its official charity scooped a hat-trick of awards at the Lessa Northwest Football Awards in Manchester on Monday night.
Hosted by the BBC’s Dan Walker, the annual awards marked the 10th year of celebrating all things football in the North West of England, from grassroots to the Premier League, community initiatives, unsung heroes and local journalists.
The Club’s combined work with EitC in positively encouraging equality and diversity was awarded the inaugural ‘Kick It Out Promoting Inclusion Award’ for its continuous efforts in making football in the North West more accessible and inclusive.
The Blues’ record-breaking 2017/18 Season Ticket campaign ‘One For All/All For One’ took home the ‘Best Club Marketing, Sponsorship & Engagement Award’ for the fourth consecutive year, beating competition from Macclesfield Town and Preston North End.
Meanwhile, recently retired Dr Ian Irving – who was the Club’s doctor - received the ‘Fabrice Muamba Award for Outstanding Service to Football Medicine and Science’ in recognition of his 39 years of loyal service to Everton.
He said: "I am very, very surprised, but nonetheless delighted, to have won this award. I was proud to serve Everton Football Club for so long and was privileged to be a part of the wonderful success of the '80s and the FA Cup final win in 1995. I worked with so many special people during my time at Goodison, Bellefield and Finch Farm and I made so many friends along the way.
"I wouldn't have been there so long or won this award if wasn't for them. It's always been a terrific club to work for and I wish everyone well for the rest of the season."
Everton in the Community was also shortlisted for three other awards on the night in recognition of its impactful work across Merseyside in the past 12 months including ‘Community Club of the Year – Premier League’, ‘Community Initiative of the Year’ for its ground-breaking Imagine Your Goals mental health programme and EitC Project Support Worker Lee Johnson was also nominated for ‘Unsung Hero’.