The Power of Football to break down barriers Through our 72 community charities, we support some of the least well off, or socially marginalized sections of communities. The EFL Trust has approached the issue of INCLUSION by focusing programmes and funding on a range of specific groups including people from minority religions, disabilities, young people classified as NEET (not in education, employment or training) and others living in areas of high deprivation, the unemployed and homeless and people in, or at risk of entering the criminal justice system. These programmes have emerged from recognitions of the contributions that football can make through such work, and crucially that football can offer something beyond the reach of more traditional providers in society. We now annually engage over 120,000 participants in social inclusion projects, including The National Citizen Service project, Kickz and On Target, and deliver over 700 schemes locally. Last year alone our NCS students delivered over 200,000 hours of social action projects in their respective communities. This not only benefited the various communities but also gave the young people a better sense of worth and broke down barriers between them and other sections of society. Our work make a massive impact, the social value of the outcomes of just one of our trusts, Charlton Athletic, is calculated to be over £2,373,800. Charlton’s Street Violence Ruins Lives campaign, has earned national recognition, using the vehicle of Football In The Community to tackle escalating knife crime and street violence. The scheme works within schools and on estates, identifying young people who are involved or at risk of becoming involved in crime or violence, and doing specialist work with repeat offenders. Chief Executive of the Charlton Community Trust Jason Morgan insists that the club have a duty to use their status in the community to make a statement. He said: "I don't think there is anyone who doesn't believe that something needs to be done to highlight the dangers posed by street weapons - and at Charlton we are in a position to do something about it. We go into schools and deliver programmes on 80 estates per week where we can reach the most at risk and vulnerable young people.The power of football is extraordinary. Youngsters respond far more to someone in a tracksuit than traditional approaches."