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Naisy's Gift Just The Job

Scot donates tickets to Liverpool employment seekers.

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Steven Naismith has further strengthened his bond with the Merseyside community in a unique gesture.
The Everton forward has donated four 2014/15 Season Tickets to local Jobcentreplus branches, who will in turn allow different supporters who are actively seeking work to go to Goodison Park each matchday this term.
Each Christmas since joining the Blues, Naismith has spread festive cheer to the homeless, working with Liverpool's Whitecapel Centre to provide food and shelter.
He makes a similar contribution in his former home, Glasgow, and has also launched a project in the region to help injured service personnel back to mainstream employment.
In talking about his latest initiative, Naismith said: “I come from Ayrshire in the west of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow – a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment. Historically, a lot of this was the result of a decline in heavy industry and shipbuilding.

“Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job and may not be able to afford a ticket. I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches.

“Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people. I have asked the Jobcentreplus if they could give the tickets to different job centres across the city each week and select people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, are trying hard to find employment and who would enjoy watching a Premier League football match.

“I am constantly trying to learn more about Liverpool, a city that has become a big part of my life. It is a great city and the people are fantastic. As with most big cities, Liverpool has its challenges and unemployment is one of them.

“I have had friends and family who have been unemployed and I have witnessed the effect this can have on entire families. 

“Every day I feel very fortunate for the opportunities and lifestyle my job as a footballer has afforded my family and me and also to be in the position where I can help the community in some small way.”

A Jobcentreplus spokesperson commented: “Jobcentreplus are happy to be working alongside Steven as part of our extensive partnerships across Merseyside. This has produced many positive results for unemployed people across the area and builds on previous successful initiatives with Everton in the Community.”

Find out more about Naismith's latest gesture by watching the video above^.

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heather lewisA great gesture. A true gentleman helping people less fortunate. Excellent.

Wednesday 6th August 17:07 Report Comment

Shelli WoodsWhat a wonderful gesture. Kindness, understanding and compassion. Well done Naisy!

Tuesday 5th August 22:33 Report Comment

g manGood on you Naisy, great gesture COYB

Tuesday 5th August 19:32 Report Comment

james mchalegreat gesture naisy, brilliant idea, and not just for one game, but all season,superb, one of us lad, thank you.

Tuesday 5th August 13:49 Report Comment

Richard ThompsonSuperb gesture Steven well done also I can`t understand any of the thumbs down for this article

Tuesday 5th August 13:23 Report Comment

Peter DorganWhat a brilliant gesture, well done Steven Naismith top man.

Tuesday 5th August 12:38 Report Comment

Alexander HollowayThe Peoples Club!

Tuesday 5th August 02:35 Report Comment

Peter SwansonWell done Stevie lad, fantastic gesture.

Monday 4th August 19:17 Report Comment

john mckenzieso proud of you steven a true blue

Monday 4th August 19:13 Report Comment

Susan HardingTrue gentleman, shows such compassion to people less fortunate. Well done Naisy xx

Monday 4th August 18:40 Report Comment


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