Students from Willow Tree Primary School in St Helens met Everton’s Stadium Development Director, Colin Chong, to present ideas for the Club’s Bramley-Moore Dock project.
The pupils - Molly-Mae, Leo, Scarlett, Poppy, Dominic and Ava – were joined by Headteacher Martin Bell and their teachers Stephen Latham and Sophie Vickers as they visited the Boardroom at the Royal Liver Building to deliver a presentation before undertaking a tour of the Blues' headquarters.
In conjunction with St Helens Chamber of Commerce and Everton in the Community’s Premier League Primary Stars Programme, children from eight schools were set the challenge of coming up with ideas that they wanted to see in Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
The competition was held at Goodison Park back in November, with Club Ambassador Graham Stuart picking Willow Tree Primary School as the winners.
The six pupils were selected by their classmates to deliver their ideas to Chong, suggesting ideas including a special autism-friendly facility for matchdays, a fan ferry to aid travel to and from games, and how to work alongside UNESCO to help preserve the site’s heritage.
Everton’s Stadium Development Director Chong said: “The children’s presentation was really impressive. For such young people to be so knowledgeable about the site and with the type of questions they asked showed just how mature they are.
“They provided us with plenty of food for thought. Obviously, we would love to incorporate as many of everyone’s ideas as we possibly can, and the children put forward some very good ones that we have already been seriously looking at that were raised by our public consultation.”
Project leader for the school, Mr Latham added: “For us as a school at Willow Tree, it has been an absolute privilege to work on this project alongside Everton Football Club.
“The significance of the new stadium is huge and for the children to have the opportunity to have their ideas heard by such esteemed personnel within Everton, it truly has been a once in a lifetime experience.”