"You’re definitely a product of your environment. I’ve got a good family and the people in Liverpool are good people. Any chance I get, I try to give back to the city for all it has done for me. I’ll never forget where I’ve come from."
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Davies explains how he has partnered with a local charity to help those in need on Merseyside – and pays tribute to the values instilled during his time in the Everton Academy, which he joined aged 11.
“For me, growing up in the city, you see homelessness a lot and it breaks my heart to see people from Liverpool not having a place to go or going hungry,” he says.
“On a personal level, I try to help out with the homeless when I can. There’s a group I go out with, the Sunday Supper Project.
“They help out to give food and clothing, anything you need, really, if you are homeless. It’s only right I try to help out, as anyone in my position would do.
“The Club has also got a great charity set up. Everton in the Community is fantastic in everything it does.
“From a young age in the Academy, it’s ingrained in you to help out when you can. It’s more than just the football, it’s the bigger picture – the city, the community.
“Everyone coming through the Academy learns that and the players are switched on to it.”
Boyhood Evertonian Davies has come through the ranks at the Club to emerge as an important First-Team player.
Still just 22 years old, he has racked up 141 senior appearance for the Blues and, in September 2018, became Everton youngest-ever starting captain.
“I love it here,” says Davies. “It’s my team, it’s my club.
"I’ve come through the Academy and supported the Club since I was a boy.
“Now I’m playing for the First Team. For any kid growing up, that’s the dream. I’m actually living that out.”