Evertonians can watch David Unsworth’s high-flying Under-23s take on Southampton at Goodison Park on Monday 20 February for free – and support the young Blues’ inspiring ‘Home is Where the Heart is’ campaign in the process.
The support of Evertonians will be crucial as the young Blues seek to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League 2 table. The match – which comes during the half-term break - also affords fans the chance to learn more about the squad’s fundraising campaign and support their efforts to raise £230,000 to help the city’s homeless.
As well as the action on the pitch, there will be plenty of pre-match activity taking place in the Everton Fan Zone from 5.30pm with live music, free giveaways and special guest appearances from Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who have all been involved in the fundraising campaign to date.
The game kicks off at 7pm.
As the game is a dedicated fixture to raise awareness and funds for the ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ campaign, which has as its goal the development of a supported living initiative for young people between the ages of 16 - 23, there will be donation buckets on entry at the turnstiles for fans to show their support.
Tickets are free and are available in the Sir Philip Carter Park End Stand or the Upper Bullens. Tickets can be collected from Wednesday 8 February right up until kick-off on Monday 20 February from Everton One, Everton Two or the Park End Box Office.
If you are unable to attend the game, you can watch it live on evertontv. A £3.99 donation to the ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ fund will give you exclusive live access to the full 90 minutes of the game – with commentary provided by Darren Griffiths and Ian Snodin. Visit evertonfc.com/U23Live to make your donation and book your live stream.
“It would be great to see as many Evertonians as possible coming along to support the team on the night,” Coach Unsworth. “I know how much it would mean to all of them to have a big crowd there and if we can also raise a bit more money for the fundraising campaign then that’s brilliant.
“We still have a long way to go to reach our target but this will just be one of many events that fans will be able to get involved in throughout the rest of the season and we really appreciate the support we’ve received from fans so far.”
Aside from offering young adults who have fallen on hard times, or have perhaps fallen out of the care system, a roof over their head in difficult times, the campaign, with the help of Everton in the Community, will also play a large part in their development by providing access to key services including health and wellbeing support and assistance with education, employment and training. The scheme will also encourage those youngsters involved to contribute to the local community through the NCS programme and volunteering.
There are plenty of ways for you to get involved and support Unsy and his team throughout the season. You can click here to donate directly to the cause or alternatively, please complete the form below if you are able to support the campaign with items or services which could be used for developing the house or perhaps help a young person with their social development such as driving lessons or clothing for job interviews.