Blues Land Four Awards
Everton named Community Club of the Year.
Everton enjoyed a fruitful night at the Northwest Football Awards on Monday, taking prizes in four categories, including Community Club of the Year and Community Initiative of the Year.
The Blues were also awarded Best Club Marketing Campaign for 'Make It Everton', while Toni Duggan was named Women's Player of the Year.
Everton's official charity took their two awards, seeing off competition from Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Morecambe in the Community Club of the Year category, while social inclusion project 'Safe Hands' edged out rival schemes provided by Bolton, Blackburn and Morecambe to take the Community Initiative gong.
Denise Barrett-Baxendale, CEO of Everton in the Community, said: “I am absolutely thrilled Everton in the Community has triumphed in both community categories and to receive the Community Club of the Year for the third year running is just amazing.
“I am also delighted for the Safe Hands team for winning Best Community Initiative. Since April 2012 the team has worked with a group of young offenders, some of the most hard-to-reach and vulnerable young people across Merseyside, helping them to reintegrate back into society and make positive strides to change their lives for the better.
“In little over a year, Safe Hands can already boast tangible and impactful success. A staggering 75 per cent of participants avoided re-offending within 12 months of their release from custody, dwarfing the national figure of just 26 per cent.
“It is fantastic for the charity to be able to maintain such a strong success rate over a sustained period of time, which is just reward for everyone in the Everton in the Community team who strives seven days a week to make a difference.
"Their hard work, dedication and quality provision never fails to amaze me.”
'Make It Everton' was the Club's Season Ticket campaign for 2013/14 and included a series of surprise player visits, as well as online elements and artwork on a number of Liverpool's black cabs.
Striker Duggan overcame Blues teammate Nikita Parris and Liverpool's Gemma Bonner to be crowned the region's top Ladies player after a fine season which saw her not only star for Everton but also breakthrough spectacularly on the international scene with England.
This year's Northwest Football Awards ceremony took place at Lancashire County Cricket Club's The Point, with Blues boss Roberto Martinez among the hundreds in attendance.
Launched six years ago to celebrate the region’s brightest and best in the game, the awards pay tribute to and recognise those who have achieved footballing excellence both on and off the field over the past 12 months.
While successful players and managers are honoured on the evening, the awards also celebrate achievements across all areas of the region's professional clubs - from the Premier League to the Blue Square Premier Division - including the best community initiatives, marketing campaigns and sponsorship engagement.
To learn more about Safe Hands and the work it does to help young offenders back into training, employment or further education, click here.
Well done to all our winners!
Photographs courtesy of Joe Gardner.