New Boy's First Involvement
Bryan Oviedo helps honour winners at Club's Disability Awards.
Everton’s deadline day signing Bryan Oviedo and former player Derek Temple were on hand to give out prizes at Everton in the Community’s 2012 Disability Player of the Year Awards on Friday evening.
The event was organised by the Blues’ official charity and Everton’s newest signing and 1966 FA Cup winning goalscorer were present as the awards recognised another successful season for the Club's Disability programme, which has seen two players selected for the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Roy Turnham, 27, who is visually-impaired, and 17-year-old George Fletcher, a cerebral palsy sufferer, are currently representing Paralympics GB at the games in the 5-a-sde and 7-a-side classifications.
Everton in the Community’s disability programme is the largest and most respected in the world, delivering over 10,000 football opportunities for disabled children and adults every year.
Using the power of sport, the charity has engaged with over 17,000 disabled participants and 2,850 in the past year alone on a local, national and international level. There are currently an unrivalled 26 successful disability teams representing Everton, which field a total of eight international players.
Speaking at the awards, Everton's Disability Programme Manager Steve Johnson said: “It was fantastic to welcome Bryan and Derek to our awards evening to help us celebrate the achievements of our disability players after another successful season.
“The programme offers competitive football opportunities for a range of different disabilities including deaf, blind and wheelchair teams. Without Everton in the Community disabled people would not have the chance to play football.”
The event was held at Goodison Park, attended by over 200 people and a total of 28 awards were handed out.
This ground-breaking programme has won many prestigious awards, including the Sports Industry Award for ‘Best Community Programme’ in May 2011.
To find out more about Everton in the Community’s disability programme call 0151 530 5253.