Players from Everton in the Community’s disability teams will launch the Everton and hummel 2020/21 third kit tomorrow at 8am.
Their involvement as the lead figures in the kit launch campaign kicks off the 20th anniversary celebrations for the Everton in the Community Disability Programme.
Founded in 2000, the programme has, in the last year alone, engaged more than 1,200 disabled people in opportunities including sport, education, training and volunteering.
The Everton in the Community Disability Programme includes 11 competitive football teams, with players of all age groups and with a range of disabilities. Outside of lockdown, the programme also delivers sessions at 10 special schools across Merseyside each week, engaging with more than 350 disabled children throughout the academic year and helping them develop key skills.
The programme has seen more than 50 players go on to represent their countries playing at European Championships, World Cups and Paralympic Games. Recent victories also include the Everton Amputee team being named 2018/19 FA Disability Cup winners after beating Portsmouth Amputee team 4-1 in the final at St George’s Park.
Everton’s Disability Programme is managed by former England Amputee Football player Steve Johnson who has more than 130 international caps. He has won three World Cups, scoring in two finals and was inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame. He has also held the role of Chairman for the England Amputee Football Association (EAFA) for more than 30 years.
Steve said, “It has been a fantastic experience to begin our 20th year celebrations by being the focus of this kit launch. To me, it emphasises Everton’s values, the Club’s appreciation and understanding of the extended Everton family, and its commitment to living up to its name as ‘The People’s Club’. It shows that our teams are respected as part of Everton, that the Club takes our teams seriously and that our players are valued for the abilities that they have.”
The 2020/21 Everton hummel third kit will be available to order via evertondirect.com from 8am on Wednesday 26 August or to buy in store at Everton One and Everton Two from 10am on Wednesday 26 August.