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EFL Day of Action to celebrate impact of clubs in communities

5 March 2020

Mansfield Town Football in the Community - together with Mansfield Town Football Club - will come together with other EFL Clubs on Tuesday 10 March to highlight the positive impact football has in changing people’s lives, and the work taking place to tackle some of society’s biggest issues.

Across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, events will be held by clubs on the EFL's Day of Action to showcase the very best programmes and activities they deliver in a number of important areas, including diversity and inclusion, education, and health and wellbeing.

The impact of the work carried out by EFL clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) is unparalleled, with more than half a million hours of group activity delivered and over 40 million hours of participation each season.

During the 2018/19 season, almost 900,000 people took part in a wide range of activities across key areas, with clubs and CCOs receiving over £60 million of direct project funding. 

The EFL Day of Action aims to unite clubs and CCOs on one day to celebrate and highlight the impact they have in their communities, bringing together the most unique projects and programmes being run across England and Wales.

Managers and players from the EFL’s clubs will be attending events up and down the country on Tuesday to see participants in action and to provide their support to various projects.   

Mansfield Town Football in the Community, celebrating 30 years of impact during 2020, will be showcasing a range of projects throughout the day through social media.

This will include how its ‘Walking Football’ project has helped to battle anxiety and depression, how ‘Active Minds’ impacts on those living with dementia on a weekly basis, how its Girls Football project has rapidly developed over the last year and how tournament football is giving young people the chance to express themselves, following the recent ‘John Radford Trophy’ held at the RH Academy.

Football in the Community will also be continuing to work with primary school children on the day, supporting students at Farmilo Primary within PE and with their bid to become Premier League Writing Stars – please follow Mansfield Town Football in the Community on Facebook and Twitter to see more! 

Head of CCO Mark Hemingray said: “We’re very proud of the work we have done across the community over the past 12 months and 30 years, we’re really looking forward to showcasing some of those stories on a national level”

Five EFL fixtures will also take place on the evening of the EFL Day of Action, with clubs further supporting the day with warm-up t-shirts and in-stadium assets. 

EFL chairman, Rick Parry, said: “Our clubs have always had a unique position in the heart of their respective towns and cities and it is important that we celebrate the work they carry out, which improves lives and tackles some of society’s biggest issues on a daily basis.

“The recent study commissioned by the EFL shows that Clubs’ work in their communities is happening on a huge scale and starts to place a real value on this work, providing further insight into the impact of programmes provided.

“The hours committed by staff and volunteers at Clubs and CCOs, as well as the support from players and managers, demonstrates a remarkable commitment to improving lives up and down the country.”

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