Partnership tackles health inequalities through sport and physical activity

Everton in the Community

Since 2013, Edge Hill has worked with Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club, on a ground-breaking partnership designed to improve the lives of people who live in some of the most socially and economically deprived communities in the UK, while enhancing the employability of Edge Hill students.

The collaboration has enabled hundreds of Sport and Physical Activity students to participate in a range of sport, education and health projects as part of their academic studies, on year-long placements and as volunteers. Students have also worked alongside Everton in the Community staff to monitor and evaluate programmes, develop applications for external funding, and assisted the delivery of professional development events for sport, education, health and wellbeing professionals. In 2015, the Department of Sport and Physical Activity launched the MSc in Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health, the first of its kind in the UK and Europe, in association with Everton in the Community.

“This partnership has grown as a result of a number of areas including the quality of the students who have consistently shown themselves to be independent as well as team-players, proactive, insightful, highly enthusiastic and having a real appetite to learn and develop.”

Michael Salla, Director of Health and Sport, Everton Football Club