To mark the start of the new football season, the EFL has launched its #EFLStories campaign to tell the stories of all the people who help make the EFL what it is - a football experience for everyone.
Launching today with an #EFLstories video, over the course of the 2016/17 season the EFL will share individual accounts from a plethora fans, players, managers, club staff and a club mascot or two, with each person sharing the reasons why they love football via their favourite memories, tales and feelings about the wider game.
Across the opening two weekends of the season, the first 72 people featured on the #EFLStories website will have the privilege of delivering their club’s new Mitre match ball to the pitch at the first home game of the season. With #EFLStories ball presentations taking place across all three divisions of the Sky Bet EFL, each person nominated for this honour has been put forward by their favourite EFL club. Some example #EFLStories include:
Warner Duff, Disability Liaison Officer, Ipswich Town
“Beginning as a volunteer during 1999/2000 season, Warner has previously won the EFL fan of the year for his valued contribution to disabled football. He attended the Queen's Garden Party for his services to football and has been a loyal Town fan for 42 years."
Courtenay Crawford, Community Coach & Mascot Coordinator at Sheffield United
“Starting out at Sheffield United Community Foundation (SUCF) six years ago, Courtenay has volunteered on a variety of community projects including primary school health projects, holiday camps, match day events and a DS Active project for children and young people with various disabilities.”
Kasom Shah, Academy Player, Accrington Stanley
“Fifteen-year-old Accrington Stanley Academy player Kasom Shah has battled through sight issues during his time at the club to emerge as the captain of his age group. Kasom has a tremendous attitude and is the perfect role model for younger Academy players and aspiring young Asian footballers.”
All #EFLStories can be viewed at EFLstories.com and EFL fans at home and abroad are being invited to submit the reasons why they love the game to the site. With the campaign continuing throughout the 2016/17 season, the EFL will be sharing a variety of the stories, photos and videos across social media.
Read more stories and submit yours at www.eflstories.com
Drew Barrand, EFL Marketing Director, said: “Everyone who attends an EFL game or works behind the scenes at one of our 72 clubs has a story to tell about what football means to them.
“Following this season’s rebrand to the EFL, the #EFLStories campaign has been created to demonstrate the breadth and depth of what the EFL offers. Be it high drama, great games, communities uniting or innovating the game, the EFL really does offer something for everybody as this collection of captivating stories show.”