Everton in the Community Partnership

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.


Our Projects

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.”