Brentford FC and its Community Sports Trust will join up with other EFL Clubs on Tuesday 10 March to highlight the positive impact football has in changing people’s lives and the work taking place to tackle some of society’s biggest issues.
In west London, former female Brentford player Amber Lloyd will deliver a girls’ coaching session at Brentford School for Girls while Ben Lampert – Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s deaf football coach and recent winner at the UK Coaching Awards – will deliver a coaching session at the new sports hub at Gunnersbury Park.
Across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, events will be held by Clubs on EFL Day of Action to showcase the very best programmes and activity they deliver in a number of important areas, including diversity and inclusion, education, and health and wellbeing.
With Brentford FC set to host a number of matches for the UEFA European Women’s Championship in 221, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust aims to inspire girls to play the beautiful game. Less than a mile away from this session, Ben Lampert the country’s only full-time deaf football coach will deliver a coaching session to hearing children at our state-of-the-art sports facility at Gunnersbury Park.
The impact of the work carried out by EFL Clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) is unparalleled, with more than half a million hours of group activity delivered and over 40 million hours of participation each season.
During the 2018/19 season, almost 900,000 people took part in a wide range of activities across key areas, with Clubs and CCOs receiving over £60 million of direct project funding.
The EFL Day of Action aims to unite Clubs and CCOs on one day to celebrate and highlight the impact they have in their communities, bringing together the most unique projects and programmes being run across England and Wales.
EFL Chairman, Rick Parry, said: “Our Clubs have always had a unique position in the heart of their respective towns and cities and it is important that we celebrate the work they carry out, which improves lives and tackles some of society’s biggest issues on a daily basis.
“The recent study commissioned by the EFL shows that Clubs’ work in their communities is happening on a huge scale and starts to place a real value on this work, providing further insight into the impact of programmes provided.
“The hours committed by staff and volunteers at Clubs and CCOs, as well as the support from players and managers, demonstrates a remarkable commitment to improving lives up and down the country.”