Marco Silva says supporting Everton’s pioneering community initiatives forms an essential part of his remit as the Club’s manager.
Silva is set to officially open The Blue Base, a newly-renovated building which will house Everton in the Community's programmes for elderly participants living with dementia and/or suffering from social isolation.
The Blue Base, situated on Salop Street in the shadow of Goodison Park, is also becoming an integral element of a number of Evertonians' match-going experiences in its capacity as a matchday lounge for disabled supporters and their friends and families.
“It is really important to me that I can support Everton’s community work,” Silva told evertontv, ahead of opening the facility on Wednesday.
“Since my first day as Everton manager I could feel how we try to be a family club and our board know I will give everything I can to support all of this fantastic work.
“Everton is a big club and we are also a family where everybody should feel welcome.
“I knew about the Club’s reputation for being close to its supporters and community before I arrived. But in the three months since I came I have seen for myself Everton in the Community’s valuable work. And me and my staff will do everything possible to help all of this."
The Blue Base had its soft launch earlier this year after the former St Francis De Sale parochial centre was transformed into a first-rate supporter amenity.
It is open for the Walton public to use for functions throughout the year and constitutes another element of Everton’s commitment to regenerating the area surrounding their 126-year-old home in the shape of the ‘Goodison Campus’.
Once all buildings on the campus are developed the Club – along with funding partners – will have invested around £8m in community facilities into one of the poorest wards in Europe.