Yannick Bolasie stars in Everton’s Premier League and BT disability programme short film, which first aired on BT Sport Score earlier today.
This is the first film that has been created for the second season of the three-year partnership between the Premier League and BT, who together are helping to fund Everton in the Community’s (EitC) disability programme.
The film focuses on the journey of John Hughes who joined the Club’s community disability project aged nine after being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and since then he has gone on to complete a coaching apprenticeship and gain full-time employment with EitC.
During the film, John speaks about how working with EitC has changed his life, saying; “The eight years I’ve been involved (with EitC) I’ve gradually changed, all of my family and friends are always mentioning how far I’ve come, and that’s all down to Everton and the opportunities they’ve given me.”
Chloe Vickery also features in the short film and having engaged in Everton’s after-school club coaching sessions, went on to join the then male-only Everton Under-16 Pan Disability football team and then helped with the creation of EitC’s first female disability team. She was also awarded with the Manger’s Player of the Year Award at the charity’s recent Disability Awards.
The award-winning BT Sport Films team is producing and broadcasting short films on those individuals and their storylines who are involved in the Premier League and BT disability programme, raising the profile of the project and the Clubs’ broader inclusion work to millions of people.
Following an independent funding application assessment process, successful Premier League clubs will each employ a dedicated Disability Officer responsible for co-ordinating the programme and promoting inclusion.
Disability Officers will work with local agencies to amplify existing work and deliver programmes that engage disabled people through sport. Sport will be used to provide a range of opportunities such as volunteering, education, employability, and apprenticeships.
For more information on EitC’s world-renowned disability programme and how the Premier League and BT funding will not only enable EitC to continue with the fantastic work they are doing but also expand the work they do, visit evertonfc.com/community.