Everton in the Community teamed up with the Riding for the Disabled charity this week to give some local children a day out at the world-famous Aintree Racecourse.
Young participants from the club’s official charity, in conjunction with the Aintree Community Hub, were given the opportunity to ride horses around the iconic parade ring at Aintree and, as Mike Salla, Director of Health & Sport for EitC explained, it was a terrific event.
“It’s great for the children because it helps them develop a lot in terms of self-esteem, confidence and socialising,” he said. “Initially a lot of them are very nervous and tentative but once they get involved with the horses they love it.
“We’ve worked in partnership with the Aintree Community Hub for a number of years now and it’s developed a lot more in the last two or three years. The collaboration has been great.”
Everton Ambassador Graham Stuart also popped along to join in the fun – although he stopped short of actually mounting one of the horses himself!
“No, it’s not for me but it’s a great event at probably the most famous racetrack in the country,” he said.
“The kids get the chance to come along and see all the magnificent facilities and obviously the bonus for them is the opportunity to get on a horse and have a ride around. They had a great time and it’s just a fantastic day for them.”
As well as local children, EitC also arranged for a group of ex-servicemen and women to have a look around the racecourse.
“The veterans did a tour with a historian who talked them through the history of the venue,” said Salla. “It’s great for them to reminisce and bring back memories to stimulate conversation.”