Everton in the Community Partnership

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Our Partnership with Everton in the Community

Everton in the Community, Everton Football Club’s official charity, aims to use the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire people in local communities to improve their life chances, physical health and mental well-being, through 45 unique projects. Everton in the Community have earned a reputation for delivering best practice in the sporting charity sector. Since 2010, Everton in the Community have provided ongoing development opportunities for thousands of participants. This has resulted in the charity winning over 80 accolades, both nationally and internationally.

The partnership with Everton in the Community aims to promote health and well-being to local communities, as well as conducting research into these issues. We have partnered with Everton in the Community on three health related projects, ‘Active Blues’ and ‘Tackling the Blues’, as well as ‘The People’s Family Project’.

To find out more about the work of Everton in the Community, click here.


Active Blues

‘Active Blues’, funded in part by National Lottery funding through Sport England and run in partnership with Everton in the Community, is tackling the physical and mental health issues associated with physical inactivity by offering a range of free sessions in North Liverpool. Active Blues aims to improve the activity levels of males aged 35-50 from socially deprived areas. Research shows that 68% of adults in Liverpool do not achieve at least one 30 minute session of activity a week (Sport England, 2016).  Active Blues delivers free weekly sports sessions at a range of locations, including walking football, football golf and other physical activities. To encourage participation Everton in the Community run a ‘Lads Night In’ where former Everton players will talk with members of the community in order to promote the project, and also allow attendees the chance to be entered into draws to win match day tickets and stadium tours.

For more information on ‘Active Blues’, click here.


Tackling the Blues

‘Tackling the Blues’ is a sports-based programme that aims to improve the mental health of young people aged 8-14 who are experiencing, or are at risk of, developing mental health problems. ‘Tackling the Blues’ has engaged over 300 young people weekly in primary schools, secondary schools and community groups. This includes offering a range of interactive physical and classroom based activities which have been associated with positive behaviour change amongst those experiencing mental illness. Our students volunteer to actively facilitate the sessions, allowing them to gain invaluable rewarding experience working with young people. The programme was awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community’ award at the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards 2016.

For more information on ‘Tackling the Blues’, click here.


The People’s Family Project

The People’s Family Project, a community-based research project, was conducted in collaboration between Edge Hill University and Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club. The purpose of the research, which formed part of a PhD study, was to evaluate the effectiveness a of family-orientated health intervention within the Everton ward.

For more information on ‘The People’s Family Project’, click here.


Together with Everton in the Community we have delivered sessions across all three projects within local communities throughout Merseyside. Each project is underpinned by research here at Edge Hill, into issues surrounding physical activity and its effects on mental health, as well as sports policy, which help demonstrate its impact to support bids for funding. In association with Everton in the Community, we have launched our MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health course, which is the first of its kind in the UK and Europe. To find out my about MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health course, click here.

Charity Times Cross-sector Partnership of the Year Award 2017

Our partnership between Edge Hill University, Everton in the Community and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded ‘Cross-sector Partnership of the Year’ award at the Charity Times Awards 2017. The Charity Times Cross Sector Partnership Award recognises partnerships which can prove their long-term impact and value for money. Edge Hill was the only university to be nominated for an award recognizing its contribution to the co-design, delivery and evaluation of community based sport and health programmes.

Andy Smith, Professor of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, said:

“I’m delighted that we won the award and that we were the only University in Europe to be shortlisted. This follows on from our prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Award last year where we picked up the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community Award’ for Tackling the Blues.

“This award is a major accolade in the charity sector and I’m delighted that we, along with Everton in The Community and Mersey Care NHS Trust have been recognised internationally for our work.”

He added: “As the academic partner of Everton in the Community and the only university on this year’s Charity Times Awards shortlist, we are delighted that the impact of Edge Hill’s research and commitment to improving the lives of others through our co-produced programmes continues to be recognised so prominently.

“We are also especially proud to be associated with the hugely impressive and innovative work that Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust does as we work collaboratively, across the sectors, to tackle some of the most pressing social and health challenges of the twenty-first century.”

Everton in the Community’s Director of Health and Sport, Michael Salla, said:

“Our pioneering provision to tackle social, health and economic challenges facing Merseyside would not be possible without high-quality, cross-sector partnerships.

“Our long-standing collaboration with Edge Hill University and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has led to the development of an innovative sport, physical activity and mental health programme covering the entire life-course.”

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