Toffees midfielder Bryan Oviedo and Everton Ambassadors Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin were the guests of honour on Tuesday evening when they attended the annual Everton in the Community Disability Awards at the prestigious Isla Gladstone Conservatory.
Supported by headline sponsor Bibby Maritime and associate sponsor McLintocks, the annual awards recognise the footballing achievements of players from 10 of the charity’s disability teams that play across Merseyside.
The Costa Rican international opened the proceedings and awarded trophies for Players’ Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year to players from Everton in the Community’s world renowned disability programme.
Blues Ambassadors Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin then took their places on stage to present medals of achievement to each participant from teams in attendance before Disability Manager Steve Johnson delivered the closing remarks to congratulate all players and thank their friends and family for their continued support before presenting trophies of thanks to Bibby Maritime and McLintocks.
Hosted by Darren Griffiths with entertainment provided by local singers and Everton in the Community volunteers Mary Savage and Kelly Sweeney, the awards ceremony saw players from the U13 Pan Disability team, U16 Pan Disability Dunes team, U16 Pan Disability ABB A and ABB B teams, Pan Disability B, C and D teams, Powered Wheelchair team, Down Syndrome team and Adult Deaf team all rewarded for their hard work over the last 12months in front of a packed out Isla Gladstone Conservatory.
Speaking after attending the Everton in the Community Disability Awards, Bryan Oviedo said: “It was fantastic to celebrate with these players tonight and reward them for their hard work and dedication. Everyone had big smiles on their faces and it is clear how much they enjoy their football.”
Steve Johnson, Everton in the Community Disability Manager, said: “It has been great to reward our players tonight and recognise their achievements from over the course of the season. To have Bryan here with us acknowledging their efforts is fantastic. The football coaching we deliver is just a small part of what we do within our disability programme, we help disabled people in everyday life and assist them in accessing a variety of different opportunities including work placements and qualifications.”
The disability programme delivered by the Club’s official charity is one of the largest and most respected in the world and provides football and physical activity opportunities for thousands of disabled children and adults each year.
The programme is all inclusive and there are teams available to those with any disability whether that be learning, physical, reduced stature, autism, cerebral palsy, deaf or partially sighted.
For more information on Everton in the Community visit http://community.evertonfc.com/
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3 Posted 19/09/2015 at 18:11:03
And well done to Brian Oviedo. As principled a man as he is a player.
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