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Supporters in a spin ahead of bike challenge; EFC in the Community.

WITH just over a week to go until Supporters Club members take on the Sligo to Goodison Cycle Challenge, in support of "Home Is Where The Heart Is", the group honed their training techniques with a gruelling double spin session at Nuffield Health, in Liverpool.

This weekend, 23 members from officially-affiliated Supporters' Clubs across the country will cycle 230 miles from Sligo to Goodison to raise funds for HIWTHI, a fundraising campaign led by David Unsworth and his U23s team, with the aim of developing a supported living initiative for young people in Liverpool, delivered by Everton in the Community. Cheered on by Everton Ambassador Ian Snodin, the group took part in an intensive double spin session at Nuffield Health focusing on techniques such as hill-climbs, sprints and jumps.

Led by Nuffield Health Fitness Instructors Alison and Richie, the Supporters' Club members completed 90 minutes on the bikes and left the Riverside Drive facility discussing plans for their next session. Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Gym, in Liverpool, has been a longterm supporter of Everton FC and its charitable work as the not-forprofit organisation shares the same values of the Blues and is committed to building relationships with the local community and integrating with its surroundings. Speaking after the session, Croston Blues secretary Jayne Leonard said: "We're appreciative to Nuffield Health for gifting us the use of their spin studio and instructors.

"I'm part of the Everton Supporters' Club Committee and we meet monthly with the club to discuss all things Everton and we felt as a group, and with all our members, we had an opportunity to make a change and link up with EitC for some targeted fundraising."

With a fundraising target of PS60,000, the 23 Supporters' Club members set off from Sligo Rovers Football Club on Saturday, June 17, travelling in convoy to Dublin. There, they hop on a ferry back to England before embarking on the final 100 miles to Goodison Park on Sunday, June 18.

Fans not participating in the challenge can still get in the saddle and help raise money by logging their efforts online, using the popular fitness app Strava.

Visit evertonfc.com/cycle and check out the "Your Cycling Challenges" and "Track The Cyclists" sections. | To donate to the "Supporters' Club Cycle Challenge", visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/supporterscycle2017

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Date:Jun 13, 2017
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