From 4-8 April, the English Football League (EFL) will launch its first ever Week of Action.
All 72 Clubs and Club Community Organisations will showcase activity with EFL players and managers joining participants across England and Wales, including:
Wigan Athletic hosting a football session for Afghan refugees
Bolton Wanderers supporting local young adults at risk of offending
Cardiff City’s project that supports Armed Forces Veterans who are at high risk of social isolation and loneliness
Blackpool conducting garden gate visits to isolated members of the community
Sheffield Wednesday’s programme for families who are in refuge housing
Portsmouth hosting an amputee football session
Coventry City supporting older adults with dementia or cognitive impairments to get active
Luton Town will be hosting four individual Fit Fans sessions throughout EFL Week of Action
Locally, in Crawley Town FC, we will be collaborating to showcase the work of Crawley Town Community Foundation and the support of the Crawley Town FC in areas of inclusion and equality.
During the week first team players will be visiting our Premier League Kicks & Girls sessions, Crawley Town Flyers and EFL Extra Time Hubs. Alongside an amazing Training Ground Visit for 10 lucky Manor Green College Students.
In 2021, EFL Clubs and CCOs were recognised at both the Leaders Sports Awards and Sports Business Awards for the important and unique role they played in supporting their local communities during the pandemic.
Rick Parry, Chair of the EFL, said: “EFL Clubs are embedded in the towns and cities from which they take their name and this bond is strengthened by the life changing initiatives they run across England and Wales every single day. The EFL Week of Action is an opportunity for us to celebrate this invaluable work and demonstrate the remarkable difference clubs have on their communities away from the pitch.”
Liam Scully, Chair of the EFL Trust, said: “Clubs’ work in their communities happens on a huge scale day in day out and directly aligns with priorities for the people in our communities both locally and on a national scale.
“The hours that are committed by our Club and Community Organisation teams and volunteers demonstrates an unwavering commitment to improving lives up and down the country and building stronger, healthier more active communities.”