Everton in the Community
Everton in the Community marked the launch of a new sports club today which will give local young people the chance to excel in one of the alternative sports enjoyed at this summer’s London Olympic Games.
The Blues’ official charity, in partnership with Arch Bishop Beck Catholic High School, celebrated the launch of ‘Everton Junior Volleyball Club’, which will allow more young people the opportunity to progress in the sport and reach Olympic heights.
For the past three years, Everton in the Community has been delivering a programme called Premier League 4 Sport, which has given over 3,500 young people across Liverpool and Knowsley the chance to try non-traditional sports.
The scheme has been very successful and has already created a number of other hub and satellite clubs across the region to enable young people take up judo, badminton and table tennis.
The programme has been particularly popular at Archbishop Beck, and has seen pupils excel in volleyball and compete in national competitions – an opportunity which would not have been made possible without Everton’s Premier League 4 Sport initiative.
This success led to the formation of Everton Junior Volleyball Club, which already has 15 fully paid-up female members aged 12 to 16 years and is backed by Volleyball England the Premier League, and means even more young people can be introduced to the sport and also offers those already playing a formal route to progress.
Jackie Twort, Premier League 4 Sport Co-ordinator for Everton in the Community, said: "The programme aims to get children from all backgrounds involved in non-traditional, club-based sport and we have had a fantastic response since we launched in September 2009 in the run up to the Olympic Games.
"London 2012 was a fantastic advert for alternative sports and demand for activities such as volleyball has increased significantly.
“The launch of this volleyball club is just fantastic as it means those young people not necessarily interested in traditional sports like football or hockey, are now getting involved in something else which means they are enjoying a more active and healthier lifestyle.
“The new club is also evidence of the lasting legacy London 2012 has already left to inspire younger generations to get involved in sport.”
For more information about Everton Junior Volleyball Club or Premier League 4 Sport in general, contact Everton in the Community on 0151 530 5253.