“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. Sport is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” Nelson Mandela SPORT, quite naturally, is the very core of what we do. Mandela words sum up perfectly what we believe in and why we operate. Through the Power of Football, the 72 community schemes have taken up the challenge of supporting and raising sports participation, by delivering curriculum and non-curriculum sports sessions. Our Female Football Development scheme inspired over 15,000 new players to start playing the women’s and girl’s game – in its first year. By focusing on fun and fitness rather than competition and performance the scheme has brought the benefits of sport to girls who previously would not have considered playing football. Whilst football remains the most popular sport, increasingly our schemes are delivering a range of sports such as futsal, rugby, cricket, hockey, basketball, dance and fitness to engage with a broader base of participants and meet the demands, particularly of young people, who want to experience different sports. The challenge of increasing the numbers of people engaged in sport - and sustaining their participation - extends across all generations. The EFL's 72 trusts now annually engage over one million people in sports participation projects and delivering over 8,000 sports projects locally. This includes Kinder Sport+EFL Kids' Cup and The Girls Cup – a national completion which culminates in the children playing at Wembley Stadium before the playoff finals.