Thursday 17 November 2011
Everton have become the first Barclays Premier League Club to be granted permission to open a Free School.
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove confirmed the news in the House of Commons, paving the way for the project to open in Liverpool in September with an initial intake of 120 pupils.
The Everton in the Community Free School, Government-funded and run by the Club's charitable arm, will use the power of sport to engage pupils aged between 14 and 19 and their wider families with an alternative learning experience.
"We are proud to be associated with a project that will make a difference to the lives of many in our local community," Everton Chief Executive Robert Elstone told the Club's website.
"This will enable less-privileged children to benefit from high-quality education"
Everton boss David Moyes
"We have played a huge part in the Liverpool and Merseyside community for over 100 years and this latest move demonstrates our desire to continue to make a difference where it counts."
Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale, chief executive of Everton in the Community, added: "We wish to engage students with a new innovative approach to educational provision backed by the brand and values of Everton Football Club, which are already firmly embedded within our community scheme."
The project has been backed by Toffees manager David Moyes.
"This will represent a fantastic opportunity for Everton Football Club and its charitable arm, Everton in the Community, to further extend its reach into a wide variety of communities across the Merseyside region," he said.
"It will, unquestionably, provide a real chance for some less-privileged, less-fortunate children to embrace - and benefit from - a high-quality education."