Sports club owner gives back to the community.

Co-owner of Blackburn Hawks, Carl Everitt talking about the club. Credit: Robert Jones

When Carl Everitt took co ownership of the Blackburn Hawks ice hockey team in June 2020, he could not have predicted that six months later, the team still would not be back on the ice.

With no match-day revenue being generated, many ice hockey teams have been struggling financially during this period, with some being close to going out of business.

He said: “It has been really tough since taking ownership of the club and also a huge anticlimax as there has been no hockey being played. We were hoping the pandemic would have been over by now.”

Despite being given a difficult situation, Everitt has used this time to give back to the community.

He said: “I’ve been heading up an ice hockey event in memory of a teammate of mine who took his own life due to mental health, so supporting charities like these have always been important to us.

“We recently introduced a blue warm up jersey, we dedicated it to charity Lancashire Mind and a local NHS trust.

“We decided that 30% of all sales will go to these charities. That was a way for our fans and our community to support a topic that is high on the agenda at the moment and we are going to continue to help those charities moving forward as well.”

The Englishman has spearheaded a campaign to give back to the local area during this time; something that he is happy to take leadership of.

He said: “We have done some nice generous gifts to some children who we feel deserved it before Christmas by giving them some exclusive Hawks merchandise.

“I know a young child that was having difficulties with lockdown and not seeing friends. He is a great young kid, but he was feeling it a bit.

“I knew that his favourite player is Niks Trapans who is our net-minder, so I arranged Nick to call him up for an hour and they had a good chat and talked about the reality that everyone is having a tough time.”

Even during these unprecedented times, Everitt is confident that when the corona virus pandemic is over, the matchday experience for Hawks fans will be better than ever.

He said: “We will have the best match night hockey experience in the North West, without a doubt. With the community feel, the players being approachable, the value for money, everything will be the best it will be.

“We will do the best we can without charging the fans more money than they were paying before. There should be some exciting times ahead.”