A group of students from The Trinity Catholic Primary School shared their thoughts and support for Everton’s new stadium plans at Bramley-Moore Dock.
The Year Five pupils met Everton’s Stadium Development team to present the outcomes of a class research project.
Based in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool, just over a mile away from Bramley-Moore Dock, The Trinity Catholic Primary School are part of Everton’s School Supporters Club network.
The students chose The People’s Project as the basis for their term’s research and after posting the results of their project online they were invited to Goodison Park by the Everton’s Fan Engagement Team.
After learning about the impacts of the project on the city, the pupils presented their ideas around the look and feel of the stadium, what the matchday experience could be like as well as how fans get to and from the game and the environmental benefits of the new development.
A proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a legacy project at Goodison Park is estimated to deliver a £1bn boost to the economy, create up to 15,000 jobs and attract 1.4m new visitors to the city region.
Colin Chong, Everton’s Stadium Development Director and Alix Craig, Stadium Development Manager welcomed the pupils and gave them an insight into The People’s Project, how Everton has impacted football through its many ‘firsts’ and how Goodison Park was one of the first purpose built football stadia in the world.
Following the presentation, the Year Five pupils were given a behind the scenes tour of Goodison Park, which included the home and away changing rooms, walking out of the tunnel to the famous Z Cars tune as well as posing pitchside for photos.
Every pupil that attended also received a goody bag containing Everton merchandise, signed player photos and a limited edition sketch of the proposed new stadium, signed by Architect Dan Meis.
Everton’s Stadium Development Director, Colin Chong said: “It was great to see The People’s Project resonating with people of all ages across the city and when we found out about the work they had undertaken we were keen to invite them in.
“It was clear the students put a lot of research into the project and understood the public benefits a new stadium and legacy project could provide.
“The young boys and girls were a credit to The Trinity Catholic Primary School and their families and hopefully the visit has inspired some of them think about a career in the stadium development industry.”
Jennifer McLoughlin, Year Five Teacher at The Trinity Catholic Primary School, said: “Our school is part of Everton’s School Supporter’s Club so the project was an easy choice as it fitted in perfectly with our geography topic on regeneration.”
“The groups consisted of both Everton and Liverpool fans but as The People’s Project benefits the entire city, all the children were thrilled to work on it. They were so excited to be invited in to Everton to meet the people behind the Club’s plans and the tour of Goodison was the icing on the cake.
“The school and our pupils will be following the progress of the stadium closely this year and in the coming years, and we hope to do another Club related project in the not too distant future.”