The annual EFL Day of Action will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 14 April. Every year Brentford FC and its Community Sports Trust join EFL clubs to highlight the positive impact football has in changing people’s lives. One day is set aside, the EFL Day of Action, to highlight the work being done by clubs and club community organisations (CCOs), including our Trust in local areas.
In recent years, a variety of projects have been showcased on the Day of Action. Last year, Donald Kerr, Brentford FC Vice-Chairman, visited a girls’ football session in Brentford, which also aims to offer mentoring to teenage girls surrounding their physical and mental wellbeing. Less than a mile away, Brentford FC also showcased the impact of their weekly youth club at Haverfield estate, in the shadow of our new stadium.
That day took place just before restrictions on movement were imposed due to the Covid-19 outbreak that is still ongoing. That limited player involvement but at Gunnersbury Park’s new state-of-the-art sports facility, the UK’s only full-time deaf football coach – Ben Lampert – was shown coaching a football session to hearing children for the first time. Players including Daniel Bentley, Neal Maupay, Chris Mepham, Rico Henry, Julian Jeanvier, Emiliano Marcondes and Sergi Canós have been among those to take part over the years with sessions including disability sport, girls football and a KICKS Community Engagement Session.
As part of the preparation for this year's Day of Action, the EFL dedicated a podcast to the event. Mike Evans - Chief Executive at EFL Trust, the charitable arm of the EFL, established in 2008 to oversee the work of EFL’s CCOs - spoke about the day and how it would work this year. See more below.