Walcott helps Launch Alfie's Squad

Theo Walcott and teammate Michael Keane have joined forces with a 10-year-old schoolboy to launch a new campaign aimed at helping youngsters cope with mental health issues.

Young Everton fan Alfie came up with the idea to support fellow youngsters after himself dealing with the death of his father, who suffered with mental health troubles, in 2017.

Alfie wrote to Everton to see if they could help him achieve his goal and the idea of ‘Alfie’s Squad’ – a fundraising campaign to develop a children’s focused area within the Club’s proposed People’s Place mental health facility – was born.

Last Thursday,Theo visited Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Primary School in Wavertree to see Alfie officially launch his project in front of his year 5 classmates.

As part of the launch event, Everton in the Community coaches delivered a session from their Tackling the Blues programme – a sport and education-based initiative the charity runs in partnership with Edge Hill University to educate young people on mental health issues.

After some warm-up drills, Theo and Keane joined the class in a game of emoji bingo, where the pupils were asked to identify their recent emotions using emojis.

“It’s important for us to teach the younger generation about feelings and emotions, how it’s important to express them and how it’s okay not to be okay,” said Walcott.

“What Alfie has done, what he has gone through up to this stage and what him and the Club are trying to achieve shows the character he is. He is a very brave little lad and a leader. It’s really inspiring that he’s expressing his emotions so positively.”

You can support Alfie in his fundraising by clicking here or visit @AlfiesSquad on Twitter for more information.