Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed the work of the Premier League and its clubs in improving the lives of 4.5m people in their local communities through £45m of charitable investment.
Writing the Foreword to ‘Creating Chances 2011’, the Premier League’s annual report of the work that goes on in communities, the Prime Minister praised football’s ability to connect with young people in a different way to politicians.
He said: “Football has a unique power to connect with young people in such a positive way. It can help change lives for the better. The health benefits of the sport are obvious but it also reaches deep into communities, helping to deliver strong social cohesion as well as boosting people’s self-esteem.
“Creating Chances uses the pull of the most popular League on the planet to encourage people to get involved in sport. It also puts people in some of our most disadvantaged communities on the road into employment as well as helping teach youngsters vital life skills.”
The 64-page Report details the work that the Premier League clubs deliver at the heart of their communities in five key areas: community cohesion, sport participation, health, education and international. For the clubs who took part in the Premier League in 2011 there are case studies detailing the difference football can make to local communities.
The work of Everton’s official charity, Everton in the Community, receives particular praise for its delivery of a number of ground-breaking programmes, which touch some of the most hard-to-reach groups on Merseyside.
The Blues’ award-winning disability and ‘Imagine Your Goals’ mental health programmes, Premier League Schools’ Tournament, Kickz programme and employment scheme are all celebrated in the report.
To view the report online, visit http://addison.ceros.com/premier-league/creating-chances-2011
For more information about Everton in the Community call 0151 530 5335.