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Why International Day of People with Disabilities is Important

Blog from EFL Trust

3 December 2021

The EFL Trust has outlined the importance of International Day of People with Disabilities. Today, Friday 3 December, is International Day of People with Disabilities, when the world celebrates the diversity of our global community. The day is also used to understand and learn from the experiences of people with living with a disability, to look towards the future and the creation of a world where a person is not characterised by their disabilities, but by their abilities and where all people, organisations, agencies and charities not only show their support for International Day of People with Disabilities, but take on a commitment to create a world characterised by equal human rights.

The EFL Trust is the charitable arm of the EFL and was established in 2008 to oversee the work of EFL club community organisations, such as Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. It is responsible for distributing core funding from the Premier League and The PFA to each CCO and highlights community work done by clubs across the country. Our Trust has worked with the EFL Trust for more than a decade and many projects are still ongoing.

In a post on the EFL Trust website, Colin Bennett, Project Manager for the EFL Trust’s Every Player Counts project, discusses the day. He said for people with disabilities, it’s not about one day and then move on to the next special day. It’s every day, week, month, all year. Every year.

"That’s why days like this are so important," continued the post. "The day should be seen as a platform to highlight the challenges and barriers to people with a disability and even more so, amplify the great work that goes on. Let’s keep the conversation relevant, front and centre and ensure our work is the norm."

He added: "The work continues every day in our communities and through the EFL Trust CCOs I see first-hand these great stories. Hopefully you can support the amplification of the message and I look forward to continuing the great work each and every day."

The full blog post can be seen here.

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