A Holy Trinity-inspired t-shirt has been chosen as the winning design of the fan competition launched earlier this season.
Will Gossage is the Evertonian behind the brilliant design which was chosen to go into production to be sold online and across Everton stores – and it is available to buy now.
A lifelong fan, Will graduated University with an IT Systems degree but found a love for graphic design over ten years ago and it has been a much loved hobby ever since and so jumped at the chance to be involved in a competition combining both the Club and hobby he loves.
Will spoke to evertonfc.com after founding out he’d won, and said: “Being told I'd won and to have my t-shirt sold by Everton whilst also benefiting those in the community makes me extremely proud of both myself and this amazing Club.
“My winning design features the 'Impossible Triangle' as a tribute to Kendall, Harvey & Ball which I think sums them up as a footballing threesome. Something I think all Evertonians will understand.”
This initiative, ran by the Club’s official retail partner Fanatics, follows on from the ‘Hero Collection’ of t-shirts that were launched in November last year – a collection of three t-shirts designed by Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic and Gerard Deulofeu, to help raise money for the Club’s official charity, Everton in the Community.
Clare Dickinson, Partnership Manager at Fanatics, has said: “Following the success of last season’s player designed t-shirts, which raised over £4,300 for Everton In The Community, we are really excited to support the charity again this season with the new fan designed t-shirt. It was great to engage fans in the initiative and we are really pleased with Will’s winning, heritage inspired design."
All of the money raised from the both the player tees and now Will’s tee will be invested in to Everton in the Community’s Breathing Space programme, which is accessible for 14-19-year-olds who are either currently in care or at risk of entering the care system.
The project has been running for three years and works to give the looked after children of Merseyside the opportunity to make significant life changes by offering intense support, education pathways and diversionary activities. Everton in the Community’s Youth Engagement team work with the young people to prevent negative influences that so often impact on the transition into adulthood.
The money generated from the sale of the tees will help to not only sustain the programme but improve its offering and the support it gives to young people across Merseyside.
Breathing Space Project Manager, Lara King, has spoken about her gratitude to Fanatics: “A big thank you to everyone that has been involved in this project so far, the money that has already been raised for our project is absolutely brilliant and will go a long way in helping a lot of young and vulnerable people in our city.
“This new t-shirt looks great and fingers crossed it sells really well so we can help even more people. Another thank you to all the people at Fanatics for their continued support of Everton in the Community.”
Aside from having his design on sale in store and online, Will also won a number of other prizes that were also part of the competition including receiving a framed t-shirt signed by the Everton squad, a special visit to USM Finch Farm as well as profile features on evertonfc.com and in an edition of the Everton Magazine – so fans can look out for these over the next few weeks.