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Saturday 01 March 2014

Barclays and Everton reward grassroots heroes

Grassroots coaches in Merseyside invited to meet Roberto Martinez and Steven Naismith

Coaches who have produced outstanding work at grassroots level in Merseyside were rewarded by Barclays with an invitation to meet Everton manager Roberto Martinez and striker Steven Naismith at the club’s Finch Farm training ground.

Barclays, as the title sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, is rewarding community heroes and dedicated football supporters around the country this season, as part of a special "Thank You" for their dedication.

“Football coaches at grassroots level dedicate hours of their time to help local community teams improve"
David Wheldon

Over the course of 2013/14 groups will visit each Barclays Premier League club as part of the campaign. The latest came in Liverpool this month, when coaches from teams who use the Arncliffe Sports & Community Centre were given the opportunity to travel to Everton’s training complex.

There, the hard-working coaches met Martinez and Naismith in a question-and-answer session and got autographs before taking part in a bespoke training session with Everton coaches.

The Arncliffe Sports & Community Centre is one of 200 community sports sites that Barclays has built with the Football Foundation. Coaches from the centre were chosen because of their valuable work in helping teach and facilitate grassroots football in the community.

“The coaches who use the Arncliffe Sports & Community Centre work hard to coach football in the local area and deserve this day out as a thank you for their dedication,” said David Wheldon, Managing Director of Brand, Reputation, Citizenship and Marketing at Barclays. “Football coaches at grassroots level dedicate hours of their time to help local community teams improve and learn more about the values of the game."

For more information, visit and join the conversation to thank community heroes with #YouAreFootball.

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