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Blues Retain EASI Cup Title

Launched in 2008, Imagine Your Goals is a ground-breaking fitness programme that offers local people who are living with mental health issues an opportunity to talk about their problems and seek help and support in a familiar environment. Funded by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, the programme provides seven specialised football sessions every week across Merseyside and the success of the programme has seen the charity establish Merseyside’s first ever mental health football league.

Alpha Business Products, long-term supporter of EitC, and Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company Ricoh have teamed up to sponsor the Imagine Your Goals team in their quest to keep hold of the trophy. Both organisations have strong CSR agendas and values aligned with the Club’s official charity and are keen to support EitC’s mental health programmes.

Liam Guinan, Alpha Business Products, added:

“We are delighted to support such a worthy project in Imagine Your Goals and are thrilled to hear that the team had won the EASI Cup in Amsterdam. Congratulations to Jonathan and the team.”

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John Stones (L) and Steven Naismith (R) presenting a shirt before the Everton in the Community Charity Golf Day at Formby Hall Golf Club on August 11, 2015 in Formby, England. (via Getty Images)

Alpha Business Products Sponsor Everton in the Community Golf Day

The prestigious Formby Hall Golf Resort was the venue for this year’s Everton in the Community Golf Day which saw 18 teams come together to raise vital funds for the Club’s official charity.

Sponsored by Alpha Business Products, the day saw first team stars Gareth Barry, Steven Naismith and John Stones swinging their clubs alongside Everton Ambassadors Graeme Sharp, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin at the picturesque surroundings of one of the region’s finest golf courses.

An afternoon of golf in the glorious sunshine was followed by team presentations and a three-course dinner as well as a variety of evening entertainment including a Q&A with the Everton Ambassadors and Joe Royle. A raffle and auction, including exclusive Everton and other signed items, also took place with the day’s events raising over £12,500 for the charity.

Speaking ahead of officially tee-ing off the golf day, Toffees midfielder Gareth Barry said, “A lot of us in the squad are keen golfers and we’re always happy to pick up our clubs and show our support for Everton in the Community at this annual event. Hopefully everyone will give generously throughout the day and we’ll be able to raise a significant amount of money to enable the charity to help even more people throughout the region.”

Echoing Barry’s comments, Graham Sharp added, “It’s been a fantastic day so far in wonderful weather and everyone seems to be having a great time without forgetting while we are here, and that is to support Everton in the Community and its ground-breaking programmes.”

Everton in the Community directly engages more than 13,500 participants on an annual basis from all sections of the community across more than 60 pioneering social projects. The charity works to change lives through innovative interventions focusing on health, employment, education, dementia, sport and youth engagement.