EFL Day of Action to showcase the power of footballMore than one million people are now participating in football-led community programmes and activities every season.
On Tuesday 25th April, all 72 EFL clubs will come together for the EFL’s Community Day of Action to highlight and showcase the impact of this work in towns and cities nationwide.
Today will see a number of activities take place thanks to the Reading FC Community Trust, with a Special Educational Needs tournament taking place this morning. 10 SEN Schools from the local Berkshire and Oxfordshire area will be attending with over 100 children taking part!
Tuesday afternoon will then see Royals skipper Paul McShane meet with students from Mary Hare Deaf School at the indoor training centre, to watch the group take part in a football training session on the astroturf pitches.
Reading FC Community Trust is a registered charity and is the community arm of the football club, engaging, developing and educating young people within various community groups within the local Reading and surrounding areas, delivering a range of sessions through 5 main activity pillars – Health, Education, Social Inclusion/Community Cohesion, Sports Participation and Recruitment.
The Community Trust engage with over 3500 participants on a weekly basis developing programmes of work through schools, colleges, youth clubs/services, grass root teams, sports centres and universities working alongside the football club in delivering player appearances, and match day experiences to young people and families.
Reading like other EFL Clubs use the power of football to have a positive effect on thousands of people’s lives in the UK every day, helping participants to improve their lives with programmes focused on health and wellbeing, education, community outreach and much more.
The EFL’s Community Day of Action presents a unique - and brand new - opportunity for all EFL clubs to simultaneously raise awareness of the impact they are having by creating a national platform to highlight the community work that happens across 72 towns and cities, 365 days a year, seven days a week.
Approximately £50million is being invested every season by the EFL Trust and Club Community Trusts into key areas, using the power of football to help people in need across sport, education, health and community engagement programmes.
The work is having a significant impact in communities up and down the country.
Reading FC Community Trust Manager Dave Evans said: “It’s great to highlight the work that is delivered by a Football club’s best kept secret which is their Community Trust.
“We engage with thousands of young people on a monthly basis, helping tackle local and national underlying issues which can impact society.”
Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive, said: “EFL clubs play a pivotal role in their communities and what our inaugural Day of Action makes abundantly clear is how this work is having a significant impact, not just on match days but seven days a week, 365 days a year.
“The power of football continues to be used to improve people’s health and wellbeing and provide increased opportunities to develop individuals’ education and career prospects.
“Such important work should be commended and clearly illustrates how EFL clubs and their Trusts are contributing to society outside of the game, achieving tangible results and lasting change.“