Everton Football Club and Main Club Partner SportPesa sent former Blues midfielder Leon Osman to reward two lucky Evertonians with the prize of a lifetime!
Fan favourite Ossie turned up on the doorstep of long-time Season Ticket holder Linda Hayward and her son Philip to proclaim them both as ‘SportPesa Fan Ambassadors’ for the upcoming pre-season friendly in Tanzania on 13 July.
After overcoming her initial shock at opening her door to the Blues Academy graduate, a visibly emotional Linda invited Ossie inside for a cup of tea and found out more about her prize.
As Everton’s SportPesa Fan Ambassadors Linda and Philip will fly to East Africa with the first-team squad and backroom staff, stay in the team hotel and have the opportunity to watch Ronald Koeman’s men train ahead of the game against SportPesa Super Cup champions Gor Mahia at the Tanzania National Main Stadium. The mother and son duo will also be among the first to wear the soon-to-be released 2017/18 away kit.
Speaking after surprising the Haywards, Ossie said: “I was out in Dar es Salaam last month so I know how amazing a prize this is for SportPesa to offer. It’s becoming the norm for a Club like Everton to do something like this and it’s great that SportPesa have got involved and put together such a fantastic prize with some amazing behind-the-scenes access.
“Having spent time with Linda and her son this afternoon, I can honestly say I couldn’t have met two nicer Evertonians to be going on the trip.”
Once she had taken it all in, newly appointed SportPesa Fan Ambassador Linda said: “I really wasn’t expecting Ossie to turn up on my doorstep, it was just amazing. I felt really choked up – it was a big surprise! My son and I both love Everton so this is just incredible.”
Philip added: “We’ve been home and away every season since I was eight. Everton means everything to us a family; something like this doesn’t happen to people like us! I’m so excited.”
The Haywards were selected at random to be the SportPesa Fan Ambassadors after registering their interest to attend a special Everton event this summer being held to thank loyal “Travelling Toffees” from the 2016/17 season.
Keep an eye on evertonfc.com and across the Club’s official social media channels for updates on Linda and Phillip’s trip from 11 July.