Everton Football Club has developed a warm, passionate and unbreakable link with its local community.
Through this special bond the Club has been fondly termed the "People's Club". The work conducted by Everton in the Community, the Club's official charity, is the very embodiment of that phrase. This unique and highly respected connection between Everton Football Club and its wider community is one that is the envy of many top flight Premier League clubs.
Everton in the Community is an independent ‘not-for-profit' organisation which secures over £2million per annum for community outreach activity.
Based in the shadows of Goodison Park in the recently opened ‘People’s Hub’, the charity is committed to the delivery of high quality, inclusive social development opportunities. Its primary focus initially centred on the delivery of these activities through the power of sport for local Merseyside communities. However, as a direct result of its cumulative success, it has broadened this remit to provide programme activity throughout the North West and North Wales.
Through the cumulative efforts of the charity and Everton Football Club, over the last 29 years the lives of many thousands of people across our city region have been enhanced and the Club has been able to reinvest in the ongoing development of those communities that so passionately support the elite game.
This delivery has also ensured that Everton in the Community has built extremely respected and valued partnerships with many of Merseyside's other sporting providers, a network which will undoubtedly help to facilitate future growth and success.
Everton in the Community has generated significant national and international acclaim and, through this, is perceived to have developed and delivered many examples of best practice within the world of community sports provision.
Whilst the Club and Everton in the Community are extremely proud of these achievements and their contributions to positive social change, they are totally committed and focused on their future development and their ability to enhance and expand all that they have delivered to date. They are also extremely conscious of the need to ensure that the activity, which they have been responsible for stimulating, is sustainable and self-sufficient.
Everton in the Community works in partnership with many local, national and international partners. Through these broad relationships it has been recognised as one of the top performing sports charities in the UK. A selection of recent award wins have been highlighted below:
- Liverpool Echo Regional Business Awards, Jaguar Land Rover Corporate Social Responsibility Award (Blue Mile)
- Community Sport and Recreation Awards, Mental Health Award (Imagine Your Goals)
- Times Higher Education (THE) Awards, Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community Award (Tackling the Blues)
- MBNA Northwest Football Awards – Community Club of the Year, Premier League.