Everton in the Community scooped gold in two categories at the prestigious Football Business Awards on Thursday evening in London.
Hosted by accomplished sports broadcasters Hayley McQueen and Ed Chamberlain, the highly acclaimed Football Business Awards reward the hard work that takes place in supporting the success of the game and recognise the positive impact of football on the community, the essential role that business plays in football and the vital role played by the businesses which serve the game.
Held at City Central at the HAC, the ceremony saw Everton in the Community take home two awards in recognition of its life-changing and life-saving work across Merseyside.
The official charity of Everton Football Club was awarded ‘Best Football Community Scheme – Premier League’ for its diverse programmes which tackle some of the biggest social issues prevalent on the streets of Liverpool. Supporting more than 20,000 vulnerable individuals a year, the charity was commended for continually developing its programmes to match the needs and requirements of its local community.
The evening also saw Everton in the Community’s ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ campaign awarded ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme’ in recognition of its groundbreaking and innovative work to support young people on the brink of homelessness across the city of Liverpool.
Spearheaded by Everton CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Under-23s manager David Unsworth and his full squad, the campaign saw them set a fundraising target of £230,000 to purchase and operate a house close to Goodison Park, which will offer 16 to 23-year-olds who have fallen on hard times a place to stay in Liverpool. The enthusiastic and committed group reached and surpassed their fundraising target in just nine months and officially opened the doors to their new ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ property in the summer.
Richard Kenyon, CEO of Everton in the Community, said: “I would like to thank all of the staff for their tremendous dedication and hard work, which has been recognised with these awards. Our team, supported greatly by the Club – as shown by the ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ campaign – continue to take the lead in delivering a significant and much-needed impact in our community across more than 40 social programmes. Some very stiff competition and inspiring work undertaken by other Premier League clubs and those in the Football League featured in both of these awards categories, so it’s particularly pleasing to receive this recognition.”
The evening also saw Everton Football Club shortlisted in three categories - Sponsorship Partnership of the Year for its work with Blackwell Global; Innovation for using a robot to help a disabled 14-year-old Evertonian enjoy a ‘once in a lifetime’ mascot experience; Fan Engagement for the Club’s continuous work in connecting and offering Blues’ experiences they will never forget.
Meanwhile, back in Liverpool, there was more award success for Everton in the Community as Amanda Chatterton, Community Business Development Manager, was recognised as ‘Female Networker of the Year’ at the Downtown in Business ‘Livercool 2018’ Awards.