Medicash Powered Wheelchair League gets the support of Everton FC
EVERTON skipper Phil Neville was celebrating yesterday – at the launch of a new powered wheelchair football league in Bootle.
Neville went along to Bootle Leisure Centre to officially launch the Medicash Powered Wheelchair League, which will offer disabled players the chance to participate in regular, competitive fixtures until at least 2015.
Liverpool-based health insurer Medicash has agreed to donate £25,000 through its Charitable Trust to support Everton in the Community, a donation which looks set to allow the charity to unlock matched funding of four times this amount imminently.
The first stage of the Medicash sponsorship deal will allow the Blues’ official charity to extend its sporting provision for disabled children across Merseyside, removing the traditional barriers which stop disabled people from participating in sport.
The Everton in the Community player ambassador, Neville was keen to watch and encourage the disabled players and hand out trophies to the tournament winners.
And he looked on amused as Echo sports writer David Prentice climbed into a non-powered chair to see if he could practice what he preaches. (His team won 3-0!)
Thanks to the funding, Everton in the Community’s award-winning disability programme has already extended its after school club scheme to four new schools in the region.
The Blues’ official charity will also use the Medicash sponsorship to increase coaching sessions for players, provide training for local coaches to equip them with the necessary skills to work with disabled people and empower disabled people to take formal sports qualifications themselves.
The launch of the Medicash Powered Football League comes just over a week before Everton in the Community celebrates its 25th anniversary on February 1.
Over the last 25 years Everton in the Community has grown to be one of the most well-respected and pioneering sporting charities in the UK.
To mark the anniversary, the charity is inviting all Evertonians to be part of an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £1million to help the charity in its mission to support even more vulnerable and underprivileged people on Merseyside, including those involved in the disability programme.
FOR more information about Everton’s disability programme and the 25th anniversary fundraising campaign, visit evertonfc.com/community.