From 7th–13th September The Football League and Football League Trust will be supporting the first ever European Week of Sport which will encourage people in 31 countries to '#BeActive'.With sports participation a core focus of The Football League Trust, up and down the country Football League clubs will be providing sporting opportunities for people of all ages through European Week of Sport and throughout the year via their own community trust schemes.
Reading FC Community Trust will be running their Kicks session throughout the week for youngsters aged 11-19, whilst at the other end of the spectrum Leyton Orient Trust will be keeping the over 50’s active with walking football.
Commenting, Mike Evans, Director of Operations at The Football League Trust said: “Every year, The Football League's 72 trusts engage over one million people in sports participation projects and deliver over 8,000 sports projects locally, so we are delighted to be part of the European Week of Sport.
“Whilst football remains our most popular sport, increasingly Football League Trust schemes deliver a range of sports such as futsal, walking football, rugby, cricket, hockey, basketball, dance and fitness to engage a broader range of people.
“As an example 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. Sport is for all and anybody keen to get active can look up their nearest Football League club and see what is on offer.”
Led by the European Commission, sporting organisations around the continent are inviting sports clubs, schools, community groups and individuals to get involved and put on sport events in their communities. To register or view events taking part visit the official website.
The Football League’s participation in the European Week of Sport is backed by Sport England and the European Professional Football Leagues.