On Tuesday 25 April, all 72 EFL clubs come together for the EFL’s Community Day of Action to highlight and showcase the impact of their work in towns and cities nationwide.
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.
Today, the Cardiff City Foundation combined the Community Day of Action with a session as part of the Kinder+Sport: Move & Learn Project at Blaengwawr Primary School.
There was a very special guest in attendance at Blaengwawr Primary School, as GB Paralympian and Disability & Health Ambassador Rhys Jones took part in the Move & Learn Project and held a Q&A session.
The +Sport Move and Learn Project is part of Ferrero’s global Kinder+Sport initiative designed to encourage active lifestyles, and has already reached over fifteen million children around the world. Now in its third year, the programme has to date been delivered in 776 schools, with over 43,000 children involved. To build on this success, this year a further 615 schools and 36,900 children will be reached.
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.
More than one million people are now participating in football-led community programmes and activities every season. The work is having a significant impact in communities up and down the country.
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.“