Everton Under-23s’ involvement in the Help is Where the Heart Is campaign will help them grow as footballers, says Ronald Koeman.
The campaign sees David Unsworth’s group intending to raise £230,000 to help the city’s homeless, with Monday’s game against Southampton at Goodison Park given over to raising awareness and funds towards that target.
Koeman has praised the young players involved and believes their work with the community will be of considerable benefit to their development as footballers.
“It is great for our young players to be involved in this campaign,” he said. “We know Everton is doing a lot in our community and for the young players it opens eyes. It inspires them to work hard and be proud about their lives. It is good to see a different level in life and it helps them understand what it takes to be a good first-team player.
“Talent is one thing, and it is important, but your behaviour, the will to work hard – there are so many different aspects that you need to be a first-team player.
“It brings them closer to their community. That is a part of Everton but it is also your job as a footballer. They need to learn that.”
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.
>>> Click here to donate directly to the Home is Where the Heart is campaign
There are also a limited number of mascot places available, priced at £100+VAT. Click here for more information or call call EitC’s fundraising team on 0151 530 5253.