EFL football club community organisations (CCOs) from across the country came together online last week for the EFL Trust Annual National Conference. 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. It was done differently this year as a meeting could not be held in person but moving online provided a new set of opportunities and therefore it reached more people than ever before, with more than 400 people involved.
The list of key note speakers included Chair John Nixon, Chief Executive Officer Mike Evans and EFL’s Chief Executive Dave Baldwin as well as a host of industry experts. On this year’s agenda were Baroness Susan Williams, Minister of State for Counter Extremism, NCS Trust’s CEO Mark Gifford, Chief Executive of Sport England, Tim Hollingsworth, Anna Smee, CEO of Youth Futures Foundation and Troy Townsend, Kick It Out’s Head of Development. The unique position of clubs in their local communities was a constant theme throughout the week and there was a sharing of experiences, the relationships that have driven success and the culture that has been developed leading to success and growth.