A flourishing partnership between Edge Hill University and Everton Football Club’s official charity, Everton in the Community, is already yielding many benefits for both the University and people living across Merseyside. The partnership will include exclusive opportunities for undergraduates, postgraduates and staff as well as community engagement activities and volunteering opportunities.
Everton in the Community is a leading sporting charity which runs a number of award-winning programmes promoting health, education, employment and equality of opportunity across Merseyside. The charity currently supports 1,500 local charities a year and in 2013 it was chosen by the Prime Minister to win 2013’s Big Society award.
One part of this partnership was launched on Tuesday 18 February when Edge Hill PhD researcher Laura Houghton started the People’s Family Project, an in-depth investigation into the physical activity of children living in the Everton area of Liverpool. The project began with a Family Fun Day on Goodison Road where children enjoyed various activities delivered by Everton in the Community staff and Edge Hill University students including; target competitions, drawing, arts and crafts and face paints. The study will form part of Laura’s doctorate, exploring how family structure affects the health of young people and ways in which health can be improved.
Find out more about Everton in the Community here.