A MENTAL health project that Linacre Primary pupils in Bootle create portraits of Everton first team players has been shortlisted for a national award.
Tackling the Blues, a joint partnership between Everton in the Community and Edge Hill University, has been nominated in the 2020 Sports Business Awards.
The project, which aims to improve the mental health of young people aged 6-16 through sport, is in the running in the Best Fan Engagement category at the national awards.
The portraits were displayed as in-game player graphics at one of the Blues’ Premier League fixtures in January, in the match-day programme and across the team’s official social media and website.
The drawings trended on social media and gained international media coverage with fans praising the children’s drawings and the work of Tackling the Blues.
Tackling the Blues aims to teach young people strategies for good mental and physical health, promote emotional literacy and improve self-esteem and confidence.
The winners of the 2020 Sports Business Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London in December.