We joined the EFL, EFL Trust and all other EFL clubs to demonstrate our collective influence on Tuesday 25 April by coming together to participate in the first ever EFL Community Day of Action.
We showcased the significant positive affect our community department are having in the local community 365 days a year, seven days a week, working with scores of people in football led community programmes and activities every season.
The Community Day of Action attracted widespread attention for the activity of EFL Club Trusts, who coordinated a variety of different projects across key areas of sport, education, health and wellbeing and community engagement.
As part of the Day of Action, Football in the Community organised a Senior Stags session in the morning, which involved over 50s playing walking football at One Call Stadium. Their Futsal education programme continued with both a learning-based activity in the classroom and a training session outdoors.
Then, community manager Gary Shaw and Stags’ first team stars CJ Hamilton and Jamie McGuire visited Saville House School as part of the Premier League Primary Stars initiative.
Players and managers across the 72 EFL clubs showed their support on the day, and EFL Trust chairman John Nixon praised all the fantastic work that happens on a daily basis by clubs in their local communities.
He said: “Our clubs engage with people from all walks of life and the EFL Community Day of Action has been a fantastic effort,” said Nixon.
“Football inspires people to do activities they wouldn’t normally do and all 72 clubs work hard in areas such as health, inclusion, sport and education.
“Approximately £50million is being invested every season by the EFL Trust and Club Community Trusts into these key areas and the Community Day of Action has brought everything to life.”