Good guy Steven Naismith donates Everton tickets to unemployed fans on Merseyside | inside World Soccer

Everton forward Steven Naismith has decided to give something back to fans across Merseyside by donating match tickets to unemployed people in the city.


The 27-year-old has bought an unspecified number of tickets for matches at Goodison Park in the upcoming season with the intention of them being distributed to people of Liverpool who are unemployed and actively looking for work.

Speaking to The Guardian, Naismith, who joined the club from Glasgow Rangers in 2012, said: "I come from Ayrshire in the west of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow - a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment.

"Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job who may not be able to afford a ticket.

"I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches. Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people.

"I have asked the Jobcentre Plus if they could give the tickets to different job centres across the city each week and select people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, are trying hard to find employment and who would enjoy watching a Premier League match."

Naismith is also an ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland and has launched a project in Glasgow to help injured members of the armed forces find work.

The Scotland international added: "Every day I feel very fortunate for the opportunities and lifestyle my job as a footballer has afforded my family and me and also to be in the position where I can help the community in some small way."

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