For many, it’s usually the most wonderful time of the year, but for others, even in a year without Covid-19, it can be the most difficult time of the year. For everyone Christmas was different this year. However, across the length and breadth of the country, EFL clubs and their community organisations (CCOs) were busy making sure people in their communities had the best possible Christmas that they could.

An incredible amount of activity took place over the festive period; clubs connected with isolated people in their community – even visiting them on Christmas Day. They also provided 1,000’s of presents for children who had little or nothing to look forward to. Food was delivered for those who could have gone hungry, including Christmas dinners. Christmas cards with special messages were written from the young to the old. Many thousands of people were helped this Christmas.

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust supported hundreds of families with Christmas hampers and online activities with Brentford players. The Trust’s Kicks Holiday Camps, which were due to take place between Monday 21 and Wednesday 23 December, saw 75 professional football club community organisations support young people who need it most, with access to sport and positive activities, as well as nutritious meals.

Brentford B players Lewis Gordon, Lachlan Brook, Kane O’Connor and Joe Adams also took part in an exciting online Q and A with children. The participants quizzed them on how they deal with difficult situations during their career and how they look after themselves physically and mentally. See the full story here.

The EFL and EFL Trust have done a full round-up of everything that has been done to help in communities this Christmas. Clubs up and down the country did their bit. Read the full story here.