Baines: Phoning fans is rewarding for players too

1 Apr 2020
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Everton defender says he and his team-mates get just as much enjoyment out of contacting people feeling isolated in their community

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Everton are among the clubs reaching out to vulnerable people in the local community during the coronavirus pandemic and defender Leighton Baines says these conversations are having a positive effect on those making the calls as well.

Baines is one of the Everton players who have been contacting isolated fans at home on Merseyside as part of "Blue Family", the outreach programme of Everton in the Community

"The responsibility we have now as a football club to our fans and the community is so important," Baines told Everton's official website.

"Over time, doing work like this becomes more substantial because you age and mature, and start to really hone in on the ways you can help others.

"It’s a two-way thing. It’s rewarding for us, too. You do good and you feel good.

"If you can do something to help others, you do get something back in return. That feeling never loses its appeal.”

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