A group of Everton Under-21 players helped to spread some Easter cheer among local children at a very special party on Tuesday afternoon at the Everton in the Community Youth Zone.
Young Blues Kieran Dowell, Conor Grant, Tyrone Duffus, Antonee Robinson, Calum Dyson, Morgan Feeney and Matty Foulds were all on hand at the Youth Zone event, organised by Everton in the Community in conjunction with the Everton Fans’ Forum, to take part in various activities with a group of local underprivileged children as part of the Club’s work in the Blue Mile.
Over 50 young people attend the Youth Zone every week which takes place at Everton Free School, offering the chance to play in a safe environment, take part in games, arts and crafts and enjoy a hot meal and drinks provided by Club partner Sodexo.
The Under-21s along with Everton Ladies centre-half, Gabby George, and the Club’s Fans’ Forum representatives helped to set-up an Easter Egg hunt for the young people before taking part in a football tournament and helping to pick a Man of the Match from each team. The young Toffees also got involved in a game of Musical Statues and assisted in picking a winner for their Easter Bonnet decorating competition.
The party’s guests were also treated to an appearance from a Fire Engine provided by Mersey Fire & Rescue. The young people had the chance to learn about what is loaded on an appliance as well as getting a feel for what it’s like behind the wheel.
Towards the end of the party, each child received an Easter Egg to take home with them, kindly donated by Adele Carr Financial Recruitment.
“It’s Easter coming up so we’ve just come along to meet some of the kids that attend the Everton in the Community Youth Zone, “ said Under-21s defender Robinson. “It’s been really fun coming with the other lads and a bit nostalgic looking at the kids playing football, remembering how it was when we were young. You want to be able to have that relationship between Club and Community, a lot of the kids were Everton supporters so it’s great to be able to come and put a smile on their face.”
Everton’s Neighbourhood Manager, Sarah Atherton, ran the event and was delighted with the turnout: “It’s been fantastic having the Under-21s and Gabby along and seeing them joining in with the kids.
"It’s a privilege the kids don’t face on a daily basis so to see them get involved is great, to dance with them, go on the fire engine and then taking part in the football tournament has been really brilliant.”
For more information on the work that Everton in the Community do with Youth Engagement please click here.