Volunteers To Make Goodison Bow
New team to lend a hand on matchdays.
A team of volunteers, who will be on hand to offer advice to supporters visiting Goodison Park, will make their debut for the first home game of the season on Saturday.
The new team will be at various locations around the stadium at each home game this season to provide assistance to Evertonians and visiting fans.
On a matchday, the ambassadors will wear special florescent bibs so they stand out from the crowd.
As well as providing a helping hand, the group will be handing out goodies on Saturday to junior Blues, including special face masks and Everton flags, both at Stanley Park, in the Fan Zone at Park End, and in Goodison Place.
The volunteers will play a pivotal role for the Club on matchdays but they will also be gaining valuable experience as they will each be enrolled on Everton in the Community’s Young Ambassadors programme.
The project, which has been launched with the Mayor of Liverpool to improve the employability of young people across the region, will see the new recruits gain work experience, attend weekly workshops to develop their CVs and help out at a variety of events hosted by the Blues’ official charity.
The young ambassadors, aged 16-24, are unemployed or still in education and have joined the programme to enhance their prospects of securing full-time employment.
Ahead of the first home game of the season, the group visited Goodison Park for training and to meet Everton Chief Executive Officer Robert Elstone, who spoke about his own career journey and the Club’s ‘Nil Satis’ work ethic.
Elstone said: “In the days of rising unemployment, I feel it is vital that local businesses and organisations give young people every opportunity to gain employment experience.
“Everton Football Club has always enjoyed a special relationship with local communities and we now have a group of young people who will seek to make the matchday experience more memorable for every visitor to Goodison Park.”