More than one million people are now participating in football-led community programmes and activities every season.
On Tuesday 25 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.
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 well being, 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.
Southend United Community and Educational Trust are supporting the EFL Trust’s day of action by holding a Premier League Kicks tournament at Waterside Leisure centre in Canvey where we will have player appearances from Blues goalkeeper Ted Smith and defender Jack Bridge. This is a great opportunity for the attendees to meet SUFC players and get photos and autographs.
Our Premier League Kicks sessions are a great opportunity for young people to play football free of charge and improve their skills as well as finding out about our education pathway.
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.“