Teenage Blue becomes football's first remote mascot

Wednesday, 25 April, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last

Everton made history on Monday night when 14-year-old Jack McLinden became football's first “remote” mascot.

Thanks to a small robot carried onto the pitch by Phil Jagielka, the Liverpool teenager was able to “lead” the Blues out to Z-Cars ahead of the 1-0 win over Newcastle United at Goodison Park.

He was able to chat with the Everton players in the tunnel before hand and also attended Sam Allardyce's post-match press conference via images and sound sent to his tablet.

Jack lives just a couple of miles from Everton's home ground but his health conditions mean that he needs oxygen 24 hours a day, has limited mobility and is unable to attend matches.

The club turned to Norwegian firm, No Isolation, who design solutions to help young people with long-term illness overcome isolation and attend school from home, and they provided AV1.

Jack's mother, Michelle Wignall, described it as a "once in a lifetime experience" for her son. "For Everton to win, and for the captain who was with him to be man of the match, it was just brilliant. It was really like he was there. He was just loving it, really loving it."

"I'd have said there was no way he could ever have been a mascot but this was amazing. Someone said last night he had made history and that was nice.”


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