Robot helps disabled young fan enjoy Everton mascot experience from home

first_imgShare via Email news Newcastle United Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Pinterest Topics Everton 1-0 Newcastle: Premier League – as it happened Jack has multiple health conditions and severely reduced mobility but was able to savour the experience of joining his heroes on the pitch thanks to the AV1 telepresence robot.The unit was carried on to the field by the Everton captain, Phil Jagielka, with Jack enjoying the occasion in real-time from his home via a camera, microphone and speaker linked to his tablet and by also interacting with the players in the tunnel.The Norwegian company, No Isolation, designed AV1 to help children with long-term illness and to attend school from home and, partnered with the UK 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.” A 14-year-old Everton fan, Jack McLinden, became part of Premier League history on Monday, serving as a “remote” match-day mascot for the game against Newcastle United with the aid of a robot.center_img Karen Dolva, the chief executive 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, said: “We are thrilled that through No Isolation and Everton Football Club Jack is able to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.” It brought them luck, too. Everton won 1-0. Reuse this content Twitter Share on Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Football Jack McLinden, 14, is at home as he connects to the AV1 telepresence robot via his Ipad. Photograph: Jamie MacLeod/Everton FC Evertonlast_img read more