Precision Pneumatics Limited was proud to sponsor the Everton in the Community Gala Dinner which took place on Tuesday evening .
A party from Precision Pneumatics was among almost 500 guests at St George’s Hall as the award-winning charity celebrated its 30th birthday. In February 1988, a converted house in the shadow of Goodison Park became the operational centre of ‘The Community Programme’, a Government-sponsored scheme to foster closer links between football and the local community.
Headed up by former Blues forward Duncan McKenzie, with the support of Alan Whittle as an activity organiser, the programme was funded by the Manpower Services Commission, the PFA and the Football League and saw Duncan, Alan and a team of part-time activity organisers delivering sessions in local schools before expanding to develop sessions for disabled participants and the under-privileged.
The programme quickly went from strength-to-strength and by the early 1990s had become known as ‘Football in the Community’, having developed from a coaching and school offering to include multi-sport sessions as well as programmes for those with special needs.
The organisation grew rapidly and on 10 September 2003, Everton Football in the Community was officially granted charitable status. This meant that the community scheme could continue to grow as well as access external funding to develop new programmes that would specifically tackle social issues in Merseyside.
Everton in the Community now runs 44 programmes across the region, including a Free School and a raft of projects which use the power of sport to engage with and support people of all ages and backgrounds.
Precision Pneumatics’ Managing Director and lifelong Evertonian Phil Hood commented that: “Everton in the Community does tremendous work in so many different areas and we are delighted to have made a small contribution to its continued success. It doesn’t matter whether you support Everton or are even a football fan; Everton in the Community works across the city to develop stronger communities and help to change lives. This tremendous occasion has been a celebration of its achievements to date and provides the charity with a springboard into the next 30 years.”