EVERTON in the Community’s Kickz programme has been nominated in six categories at the annual National Kickz Awards.
The hugely successful social inclusion scheme will compete against other Kickz programmes delivered by other football clubs from across the country.
The programme has been nominated for ‘Outstanding Kickz Delivery’, ‘Leadership Programme for Innovation’ and ‘Best Alternative/Non-Football programme’ for Viva Kickz, Everton’s music and dance themed workshops for youngsters who do not want to engage in football.
There are also three individual award nominations; the Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Bernard Lawson, is up for ‘Outstanding Police Contribution’ (non-London) and two Kickz participants, Troy Mason and Stevie Jo, have been nominated for the ‘Inspiring Young Person’ (aged 12-16) award in the male and female categories respectively.
Speaking about the nominations Everton’s social inclusion manager, Paul Nagle, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be nominated in six categories. I am particularly excited about the individual awards, as all three have contributed so much to the programme.”
Since 2007 Everton in the Community has been working in partnership with Liverpool Football Club and Merseyside Police to run football sessions in areas which have high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, including Norris Green, Croxteth, Stockbridge Village, Anfield and Breckside.
Everton also run projects in Halewood and the Power League, and have an alternative activity session called Viva Kickz, which is a music and dance programme.
For more information about the Kickz programme, visit evertonfc.com/community.