Everton Football Club will celebrate diversity across Merseyside on Saturday, with the Blues’ Premier League clash with Swansea designated as the Club’s dedicated Kick It Out match of action.
All year round, Everton in the Community work with Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, and other leading organisations to encourage equality and diversity across Merseyside and this Saturday, a host of activities at Goodison Park will showcase the Club’s continued work.
The Blues’ official charity will run interactive awareness sessions in the Park End to give supporters’ the chance to try out wheelchair football and blind football. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from two-time Paralympian, three-time Amputee Football World Cup Winner and National Football Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Johnson.
Everton in the Community works tirelessly with disabled people to make them realise their potential and achieve their goals through sport, education and training. It proudly runs one of the largest and most respected disability football programme in the world, with up to 4,000 football opportunities for disabled children and adults delivered every year.
There will also be entertainment for all the family with a variety of performances from local Merseyside artists including, Sophia Ben-Yousef and urban dance group Cody will be live on the Fan Zone stage from 1pm.
For more information on each of the acts performing ahead of today’s game, see below.
Three Everton Ladies stars, including Club captain Michelle Hinnigan, Nikita Parris and Rachel Finnis-Brown will also be on hand in the Fan Zone to meet supporters, pose for photographs and talk about their upcoming Women’s Super League campaign, which kicks off on 20 April.
Leading up to kick-off, junior Blues will be randomly selected from the crowd to take part in a special guard of honour proudly wearing Kick it Out t-shirts.
And that’s not all! Crabbie’s, official Ginger Beer of Everton Football Club, is the official sponsor of the Grand National steeplechase and the team will be offering samples of the Crabbie’s variants in the Directors’ Car Park area at Goodison Park tomorrow from 12.30pm.
And to celebrate the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival coming to Aintree on 3-5 April, we’re very lucky to have a former winner gracing our pitch. The 2004 Grand National Winner Amberleigh House, owned by Halewood International, the parent company of Crabbie’s, will be paraded around the pitch during half-time against Swansea.
Crabbie’s will also be sponsoring the FanCam prize this Saturday for this fixture with one lucky fan winning a pair of tickets to Ladies Day at the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, plus a ball signed by the Everton team. So get to your seat 15 minutes before kick-off and you could be our lucky winner!
Performing from 1.40 – 2.40 Goodison Place
Bolshy exploded onto the streets of Liverpool in Summer 2012, busking religiously most days, then rushing off to play gigs, predominantly in basements.
Since then they’ve gone on to play around the Northwest underground scene supporting Dirty Revolution in Lancaster, playing Fiesta Bombarda at the Kazimier and on the same bill as The Undertones, Neville Staples, and The Beat at Strummercamp. Bolshy combine the best of ska, reggae and punk with their strong anti-discrimination viewsSophia Ben-Yousef
Sophia Ben-Yousef is a 17 year old singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist based in Liverpool UK who was namedas Virgin Trains Liverpool International Music Festival Academy 'one to watch' in 2013
Drawing on the classic, pop soul standards with the contemporary twist of the likes of Lianne La Havas and Alicia Keys.Cody Urban Dance
Cody Urban Dance run classes from age three to professional level, specialising in all forms of Urban dance including Street, Hip hop, Commercial, House, Locking, Waacking, Nu Skool and Lyrical.
The school have had a really busy past year performing at festivals throughout the summer and more recently The House of Suarez Vogue Ball, Chance2Dance at the Blackpool Grand Opera House.
In December 2013 the senior girls "UnListed" also performed on the JLS Goodbye tour with audiences up to 23,000 people