Over the past year The Everton Collection team have been working with Plaza Community Cinema on the 'Young Roots' project, using football as a catalyst for a heritage and creative arts project.

Working with Chesterfield High School, Holy Family Catholic High School and Connexions Greater Merseyside, the project began with young people working together to create a steering group to decide what they wanted the project to be about and how they wanted to learn.

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From this, the project went from strength to strength and involved:

- a tour of The Everton Collection exhibition and Liverpool Record Office

- object handling sessions with The Everton Collection

- a tour of the National Football Museum and Liverpool F.C.

- interviewing survivors of the Hillsborough disaster and those who lost loved ones

- working with a sports historian to produce a football heritage timeline

- an arts project, producing 5 life-size models of footballers to represent diversity in the game, including race, sexuality, gender and rivalry

- producing a drama based around bullying in football with a link to the Hillsborough disaster

- producing sound effects and visual backdrop for the drama

The project was recently showcased at the Plaza Cinema with a film screening, drama performance and displays including life-size model footballers.

All the young people who worked on the project were presented with certificates of recognition and it is hoped the project will continue even further.

Find out more about the project and Plaza Community Cinema.

Project film with Everton Collection Learning Officer, Belinda Monkhouse
Project film showing Everton Collection exhibition
Project certificates awarded