new Everton smartcard
KNOWN as the Everton TeamCard, it will be used for
stadium access in place of a traditional Season Ticket. But it also
offers so much more for supporters as an electronic ticketing and
It is a smartcard solution provided by BT in conjunction with
Scotcomms Technology Group and APT Skidata.
The new scheme - entitled Everton TeamCard - is a multifunctional
system that can store a wealth of information, giving holders the
opportunity to use it as a Season Ticket card for stadium access, a
membership ID card and a loyalty card.
Everton's Season Ticket holders, shareholders, lounge members and
members of the club's Evertonia membership scheme will begin to
receive the new card from 3 August 2006 - enabling them to benefit
from its host of uses.
Season Ticket Holders and lounge members will use it as stadium
access, doing away with the need for awkward Season Ticket books.
But fans can also accumulate points on the card at selected
retailers in much the same way you would use a standard loyalty
card, with the points redeemable against future Season Ticket
purchases or merchandise from the Everton Megastore.
Sharp said:- "The TeamCard scheme is another example of the
Club's determination to maintain progress throughout the club and
offer value to supporters."
Sheedy added:- "I am sure that having one card to use as a
Season Ticket, to gather loyalty points and as a membership card is
going to go down well with supporters. It is really easy to use."
Everton's chief operating officer Robert Elstone is confident the
TeamCard scheme will go from strength to strength in the coming
Robert Elstone said:- "The club is looking forward to using
the card amongst our fanbase. It is a card which will allow our fans
to save money essentially by accumulating points on normal, everyday
From the fans' perspective it is a great product that allows them to
save money and from the club's point of view it is good as it will
also enable us to collect more data about our fanbase. Of course,
the more we know about our fans the better we can be and the more
responsive we can be. Ultimately we will be able to offer better
value for money to our fans.
Everton has the benefit of intense loyalty from its supporters and
as a result I think they will make full use of the loyalty benefits
of the card.
Our intention in time is to roll out the card across our fanbase in
its entirety. The first phase of cards will be to Season Ticket
Holders, lounge members, shareholders and Evertonia members. That
will account for 40,000 of our fans. But in year two we intend to
roll the card out to an even greater share of our fanbase so they
can also begin to gather loyalty points."
The first phase of the new loyalty programme will give supporters an
opportunity to accumulate points at key retailers, whilst the second
phase of the programme will see a wider rollout across the stadium
and will include match-by-match tickets and matchday catering.
Andy Puttock, General Manager, New Business Development &
Innovation, BT Wholesale added:- "The partnership with Everton
is a huge endorsement of the TeamCard service. Everton TeamCard is
the latest example of technology innovation to be delivered by BT."
More details of the Everton smartcard are available at the TeamCard
Southport's Number One Poker Man
SOUTHPORT lad is this week playing a hand of his life in the
World Series of Poker (WSOP), in Las Vegas, USA, after winning a
place in the international Poker game thanks to PokerStars.com
Steve is a regular
guy who is full of excitement at the thought of playing against the
previous three champs, Joe Hachem, Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer
in Vegas. He has only played live twice in his life; his hopes for
the tournament are to last the first couple of days and to learn as
much as he can from the professionals. Steve splits his time between
renovating property and looking after his three girls and he logged
on for fun one night. It came as a shock to find out the
had got a place in the competition.
He told us that:-
"If I win I will be made up. It is a life changing
experience and winning would be truly life changing. I
do not know if I will win, but I will go into the competition with a
strong mind to win and see what luck deals out for me. It will
be fantastic even if I don't win as just the experience of being
able to play in such an event is well.... Also I can
have a good look around Vagas and see the sites. This is
a fantastic prize in its self. My wife is still in the UK is
lucking after the kids. I would love to bring back a
mass of cash to her. We will have to wait and see
website. The official WSOP
SING LIVE MERSEYSIDE RECRUITING FOR SWING CONCERT
Merseyside’s next massive home concert will feature all of the
favourites from the Swing era.
The doors are now open for additional singers, with or without
experience, from around the Merseyside area, wishing to join in the
fun and be part of a three-month vocal training programme, followed
by the icing on the cake, a live performance at the Liverpool
Philharmonic Hall on 11 November 2006.
Singers will perform standards from some of the greats including
Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and Sammy Davis Junior
with the fabulous National Festival Orchestra Big Band.
This is a must for anyone who loves to sing, as there will be
something to suit all tastes in music. The only requirement is that
participants must be aged over 16 (no upper age limit) and the best
of it is - there are no auditions to join the chorus.
Since its formation in February 2005, Sing Live Merseyside have
already produced three local concerts and have joined forces with
other Sing Live companies in several national and international
A modest coaching fee applies for the three-month coaching and
Sing Live will be hosting roadshows at Heswall Methodist Church on 1
August 2006, 8 August 2006 and 15 August 2006 from 7.30pm onwards
and at Garston United Reformed Church on 7 August 2006 and 14
August. from 7.30pm onwards, which will give people the opportunity
to find out more about the company and to enjoy a free singing
To book your place contact the Sing Live Administration Office on
01609 780315. For further information visit