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EFL Trust reveal five-year strategy

Planning through to 2024

17 September 2019

EFL Football Club Community Organisations (CCOs) from across the country came together at St George’s Park last week as the EFL Trust’s new five year strategy was launched and a £2.25m investment into the network was announced by Sport England. The EFL Trust National Conference is an opportunity for the network of CCOs to hear inspirational speakers, discuss key opportunities and share best practice, enabling them to continue to positively benefit the lives of more people in their communities. This year, the National Conference played host to the launch of the EFL Trust Strategy for the next five years and focused on the importance of partnerships with key organisations to deliver the organisation’s vision of ‘Stronger, Healthier, More Active Communities.’

Hosting the Conference this year were two young people who themselves are testament to EFL Trust’s biggest project, NCS. Jasmin Devine-Runkee and Dominic Hartley are both NCS graduates from EFL Trust’s network. NCS develops life skills and helps the integration of 16-17 years olds into their community. Both young adults are a shining example of the skills and confidence gained from being part of NCS.

During the Conference, delegates heard from key speakers from Department of Work and Pensions, NHS and Sport England. In his address  Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of Sport England announced his organisation’s intention to invest in the EFL Trust network’s ability to reach one of their key audiences. The investment of over £2.25 million, of National Lottery funding, will aim to reach around 10,000 inactive men and women on low incomes.

Partnership with the EFL Trust network due to the unique position of clubs in their local communities was a constant theme throughout the two days. Dave Barrow, Group Director, Work in Health Service, DWP, commented that the EFL Trust brings some really innovative approaches to getting people into employment and that the partnership with the EFL Trust to date has been a major success. Similarly James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS, referenced the power of CCOs and how they can add value to the health and wellbeing of individuals in EFL Communities. 

You can find out more about the 2019-2024 EFL Trust Strategy by clicking here.

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