A unique day of friendly matches between Lothian Hibernian and Everton Foundation took place at Hibernian FC's state-of-the-art training centre in East Lothian on Saturday 25 September.
Designed to raise the profile of disability football in Scotland, and provide opportunities for footballers with learning disabilities in the South East region, the event was a resounding success offering over 60 players the chance to take part in competitive games across the afternoon.
To celebrate the new friendships created, medals were awarded to all participants and a new trophy was presented to visitors Everton.
Renowned for having one of the largest and most respected disability football programmes in world football, The Everton Foundation were delighted with the visit and have invited Lothian Hibernian to Merseyside for a similar day of football activities.
Councillor Paul McLennan, East Lothian Council, who presented awards to all of the players, said: "It was a fantastic day of football by both teams. I am sure that with East Lothian Council supporting Lothian Hibernian and the Hibernian Foundation we can contribute towards widening accessibility to all who want to play the game.
"Everton FC and its disability programme are a fantastic example of what we would all like to achieve."
Steve Johnson, disability football development officer, Everton Football Club, added: "Everything about the day was excellent - the facilities, the hospitality and the opposition. To build on this new relationship we'd like to invite the Lothian Hibernian teams to Merseyside for a return fixture."
Hibernian Community Foundation Director, Tom McFarlane said: "The weather stayed kind for the teams and Lothian Hibernian enjoyed the chance to play against top level opposition. Players, spectators and guests, including East Lothian Council leader Paul McLennon, all commented on how much they had enjoyed the experience.
"Lothian Hibernian at this time has a limited number of competitive opportunities across the season, so we were all delighted that Everton accepted our invitation to come and play in Scotland. Many friendships were formed on the day and with Everton inviting us down to enjoy some Merseyside hospitality, we look forward to a rematch - and building on those friendships."
For more information on Disability Football in the South East Region please contact Jack Martin on 0131 550 6814.