The Power to Inspire Education For many people traditional educational routes just don’t work. Such people risk falling between the cracks of society. The unique history of football and the location of many clubs in deprived former industrial areas means we are in a strong position to help the people who need it most. The EFL Trust has embraced the challenge of helping people of all ages in Education and we are committed to promoting new education challenges in the future. Since 2007, we have delivered many educational projects including working with children with special needs, developing communication technology skills, adult numeracy and literacy, and overcoming language barriers. Our Futsal programme is set to be the biggest sports scholarship programme in the UK The programme is aimed at young people who have a passion for football and a desire to progress to university or work in sport but that are not stimulated by the traditional classroom approach. Unlike a regular college course, students on the EFLT Education and Futsal programme use an online platform that offers modern, paperless learning at the football club, allowing students to swap the mundane classroom for studying in a sporting environment. Passion for Football = Inspiration for Business We have worked with the Open University to provide a new course that allow people to use their passion for football to get a business degree. The course allows students to apply football scenarios and case studies to in order to learn the principles of business. Heading down the right track 10 of our clubs are work with Network Rail's community safety managers to boost awareness of railway safety. A series of sports and educational activities are helping to divert kids away from the dangers. Charlton Athletic Community Trust’s link with Network Rail saw crime and vandalism on railway lines reduced by 26% in South East region. "I really enjoyed the Futsal Scholarship and I'm now going to do a University course, a Foundation Degree."Ben, Bradford City In the past two years, The Trust has developed its scholarship and apprenticeship programmes hugely and in the 2012-13 academic year will have around 1,500 students in full time education based at study support centres within football stadia. "A college environment is not for everybody. I certainly didn't have a great experience at school, but this is something different and they are usually in a better position to move on in life and perhaps giving them a start they couldn't find anywhere else."