All 72 EFL Clubs will come together on the same day for the EFL’s Day of Action to demonstrate the positive impact football can have on changing young people’s lives.
From Plymouth to Peterborough and Sunderland to Southend, on Tuesday 20th March EFL Clubs across all three divisions will showcase the innovative and ground breaking work they do for young people in tackling some of the biggest issues in society across education, health, community inclusion and participation.
Managers and players from the EFL’s 72 Clubs will be attending events up and down the country including projects that target mental health, disability and obesity.
This year Southend United Community & Educational Trust will be hosting a Premier League Kicks tournament complete with prizes and Southend shirts for the winners.
There will also be two Southend United players in attendance for a question and answer session and a few selfies.
This also helps to showcase the work the first team players do in the community and the smiles that they help put on the faces of our participants.
Our Premiere League Kicks programme, was set up to create a pathway for young people by reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and make a positive impact in the community.
Last year, SUCET’s Community Coaches provided free-of-charge evening football sessions across South Essex to 955 8-19-year olds, giving disadvantaged and hard to reach children and youth an opportunity to engage in high quality sport sessions.
The project aims to give young people the opportunity to have fun playing football; and to develop their skills and opportunities through football with a with a view to creating stronger communities.
Our vision is to inspire more young people to get active and realise their potential.
We do this through delivering high-quality football sessions and regular competitions for all to engage in (male and female), and provide a pathway of opportunities for young people to develop their skills and confidence, i.e. football coaching pathways where youngsters obtain qualifications to assist in future employment, volunteer and apprenticeship opportunities.
Last year, over half of participants retained their engagement in sessions (returning a minimum of 5 times) 22 went on to gain qualifications and volunteer at our sessions.
One volunteer said, “This has really opened my eyes up to what I would like
to do now that I have left college and I know I would really like to be a part of the apprenticeship programme offered by Southend United”.
EFL Chairman, Ian Lenagan said:
“Football continues to support its communities seven days a week, 365 days a year through our unique network of Club community trusts.
“Bringing all 72 together on one day for the EFL Day of Action highlights the special role the EFL has in society and our collective ability to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of millions of people.
“It is fantastic to see so many managers and players across England and Wales coming out in support of the excellent work being undertaken by their own Club right in the heart of their own community.
“There are few sporting organisations that can deliver the scale of innovative and ground breaking activity we do via our network of Clubs across so many important areas, including inclusion, charitable causes, community engagement, education or health.”