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Everton's People's Hub receives Royal seal of approval

Everton's People's Hub receives Royal seal of approval

Date published: 23/06/2017
Everton's People's Hub receives Royal seal of approval

Everton Football Club welcomed HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, to the home of its official charity today, as part of a celebratory opening event.

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, was guided on a tour of Everton in the Community’s (EitC) new People’s Hub, before taking part in a commemorative plaque unveiling with Club representatives.

In the shadows of Goodison Park, the EitC People’s Hub creates an innovative ‘community campus’ that meets the needs of all members of the local community and is a place for the charity to call home.

The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, and provides investment into developing grassroots sports facilities across the country. The works received further investment from the Big Lottery.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 258 grants worth £14.7m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £54.3m across the whole of Liverpool

During the opening, staff and participants from across the charity were able to showcase their activities to HRH, which take place day-in-day-out at the Hub.

Everton’s community staff members began moving into the site last December and it has since become a hive of community activity, housing many of the charity’s award-winning projects during the day. By evening, it provides specific community interventions in a more intimate environment allowing community groups to feel they have a connection to, and ownership of, the space.

As part of his visit, HRH explored the site’s Cruyff Court, which was opened by Everton manager and Johan Cruyff Foundation Ambassador Ronald Koeman, last month. The multi-sport pitch, which today housed an EitC amputee football fixture, provides children and adults in the local neighbourhood with a safe place to play sports.

From there, the tour continued inside The People’s Hub where the party was introduced to staff and participants from across the charity including:

  • Refugee support session with The British Red Cross
  • ‘Knit and Natter’ session with local residents
  • ‘National Citizen Service’ activity with teenagers
  • ‘Breathing Space’, which supports people living with mental health issues
  • Individuals aged over 75 from ‘Stand Together’
  • Everton Apprentices

Phil Duffy, Executive Director of Everton in the Community, said: “The creation of The People’s Hub has been a long journey and it’s great to officially launch our new home. It was extremely exciting for our staff and participants to meet with HRH Prince Edward and we were honored to show him some of the work which goes on here 365 days of the year. We hope that his experience was as memorable for him, as it was for us.

“HRH’s visit marks the beginning of a new era for our charity and local residents – we hope that they will enjoy using The People’s Hub for recreation, support and socialising for many years to come. We must also take this moment to thank everyone who has supported us along the way to help create a lasting legacy for Liverpool 4, particularly the Big Lottery and Football Foundation.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Everton in the Community to build the People's Hub. The development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area and a special thanks must go to HRH Prince Edward for officially opening the new facility.

“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports. 

“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part. This project in Liverpool is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love of it, and to stay healthy.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Rachel Cummins, PR Officer, Everton FC at Rachel.Cummins@evertonfc.com 
- Michael Boniface at michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk or on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292

Notes to Editors

Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.


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“HRH’s visit marks the beginning of a new era for our charity and local residents – we hope that they will enjoy using The People’s Hub for recreation, support and socialising for many years to come. We must also take this moment to thank everyone who has supported us along the way to help create a lasting legacy for Liverpool 4, particularly the Big Lottery and Football Foundation.”

 Phil Duffy, Executive Director of Everton in the Community

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