With just over a week to go until Supporters Club members take on the Sligo to Goodison Cycle Challenge in support of ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’, the travelling group honed their training techniques with a gruelling double spin session at Nuffield Health in Liverpool.
The weekend of 17-18 June will see 23 members from officially-affiliated Supporters’ Clubs across the country cover the 230 miles from Sligo to Goodison to raise funds for HIWTHI, a fundraising campaign led by David Unsworth and his Under-23s team with the aim of developing a supported living initiative for young people in Liverpool, delivered by Everton in the Community.
Cheered on by Everton Ambassador Ian Snodin, the group took part in an intensive double spin session at Nuffield Health focusing on techniques such as hill-climbs, sprints and jumps.
Led by Nuffield Health Fitness Instructors Alison and Richie, the Supporters’ Club members completed 90 minutes on the spin bikes and left the Riverside Drive-based facility discussing plans for their next training session.
Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Gym in Liverpool has been a long-term supporter of Everton Football Club and its charitable work, with the not-for-profit organisation sharing the same values of the Blues and fully committed to building relationships with the local community and integrating with its surroundings. With 111 Fitness and Wellbeing Gyms nationwide, Nuffield Health’s aim is to make the nation healthier.
Speaking after the session, Croston Blues Secretary, Jayne Leonard, said: “We are really appreciative to Nuffield Health for gifting us the use of their spin studio and instructors tonight. It was a good opportunity for us to hone our cycling techniques and check our fitness levels.
“I’m part of the Everton Supporters’ Club Committee and we meet monthly with the club to discuss all things Everton and we felt as a group, and with all our members, we had an opportunity to make a change and link up with EitC for some targeted fundraising. We’ve all heard about the ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ campaign and it was an obvious choice for us to support as it is working to combat homelessness in the city that we all love. It is a fantastic initiative from a fantastic club that cares.”
With a fundraising target of £60,000, the 23 Supporters’ Club members will be setting off from Sligo Rovers Football Club on Saturday 17 June and will travel in convoy to Dublin before travelling back to England via ferry before they embark on the final 100 miles to Goodison Park on Sunday 18 June.
The funds raised will be used to purchase and operate a house close to Goodison Park which will offer 16 to 23-year-olds who have fallen on hard times, or have perhaps fallen out of the care system, a place to stay in Liverpool.
Fans not participating in the challenge can still get in the saddle and help raise money by logging their efforts online using the popular fitness app Strava. Visit evertonfc.com/cycle and check out the 'Your Cycling Challenges' and 'Track The Cyclists' sections.
>>> Click here to donate to the Supporters’ Club Cycle Challenge