I wanted to write to you ahead of the resumption of what is going to be a very different end to the Premier League season.
Although the game of football may be returning, we acknowledge the full spectacle of our sport isn’t until we can welcome supporters back into Goodison Park.
As a Club we understand the disappointment of Evertonians not being able to watch fixtures from their seat or preferred stand, cheering on the Blues and feeling the buzz of celebrating with their family and friends when we score. Whatever you may feel about the rights and wrongs of games resuming we all have a duty of care to protect each other, our loved ones and our health service.
Therefore, as a Supporters’ Club I’d be grateful if you could use your platforms to share some important messages with your members and followers.
This can be done through the social media platforms you have, any emails or newsletters you provide, through Zoom calls or one-to-one conversations you have with members.
Key messages to communicate:
- Support the Blues from home. Stay safe, stay at home, get behind the team. We know it won’t be the same as being there but get behind our #TogetherEverton campaign. There are a number of ways to interact with the Club and show your support for the team remotely and virtually.
- Do not visit Goodison Park before, during or after a game. Players, coaching and Club staff from both sides will be inaccessible before, during and after a match. The pubs locally will be closed. We have been working closely with Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council, opposition clubs and in consultation with fan groups representing both Everton and Liverpool to put in place strict security arrangements to keep the area around Goodison Park completely clear for this weekend’s Merseyside Derby, and for future games this season. This is not only to protect you and our staff, but also the residents and community living in L4 and the wider city.
- All Everton matches will be broadcast live on TV. You can watch the Merseyside Derby for free on Sunday 21 June on Sky Sports or Pick, our game away at Norwich City will be live and free on the BBC and our home fixture against Leicester City on Sky Sports. Find out how to watch the rest of this season’s games including free viewing passes for selected fixtures for Everton Season Ticket Members through Sky/NowTV by clicking here.
- Do not gather in groups to watch the match – For your own safety and that of your loved ones do not gather with people in your home or other people’s houses to watch the match. Only welcome or visit people within your social bubble as per the public health guidelines.
- We all have a part to play in controlling the virus – We all still have a part to play in avoiding a second peak of this virus. So, stay at home, limit contact with other people, avoid large crowds, and wash your hands regularly.
We will be upholding our regular matchday traditions and although supporters won’t be in the stadium, we will be providing player arrival pictures, a virtual stadium walk through, pre-match warm-up footage and the sounds of the siren and Z-Cars pre-match.
If you or your members don’t want to watch the build-up on TV and fancy some blue-tinted match previews, you can tune in to our YouTube match programme.
Your members can also connect with fellow Blues using #TogetherEverton to hear their ‘Blues Beats’ matchday playlists and we will be using the our big screens during the match so do encourage fans to submit messages for the chance to see them during the game.
To honour those who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic, we will also be sharing tributes on our big screens at this Sunday’s fixture during a minute’s silence. If you or anyone you know would like to remember someone, you can submit a message here.
Sunday’s game will be a brand-new experience for us all, and I thank you for all of your support so far, and in advance of helping us share these messages and keeping fellow Evertonians safe.
Stay safe, best wishes and COYB!
Supporters’ Club Co-ordinator
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