Everton Fan Is First Remote Mascot

24 April 2018, 11:04

Phil Jagielka with remote mascot

Fourteen-year-old Everton fan Jack McLinden has become part of Premier League history by serving as a 'remote' match day mascot against Newcastle.

A robot actually went onto the pitch with Captain, Phil Jagielka with the aid of a robot.

Jack suffers from multiple health conditions and has severely reduced mobility but was able to savour the experience of joining his heroes on the pitch thanks to the telepresence robot AV1.

Jack followed the occasion in real-time via a camera, microphone and speaker linked with his tablet and was also able to interact with Toffees players in the tunnel.

AV1 is designed to help children with long-term illness battle loneliness and attend school from home. It partnered the charity WellChild to give the Liverpool teenager an unforgettable Goodison Park experience.

Everton's head of engagement, Scott McLeod, said: "The most important thing for everybody at the club is that we have had the opportunity, through this amazing technology and the work with No Isolation and WellChild, to do something incredible for an inspirational young Evertonian.

"We are thrilled to have had the chance to do this for Jack and we hope it has provided him with a memory he will always treasure."

Karen Dolva, CEO and co-founder of No Isolation said: "Technology is about making the seemingly impossible possible. For Jack, the dream of being a mascot for his favourite football club was not likely to happen given his condition.

"Working with such a wonderful and inclusive club as Everton to give Jack this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is a moment myself and those working at our company will never forget."

His mother Michelle Wignall added: "We are thrilled that through No Isolation and Everton Football Club, Jack is able to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience."