It has been a historic year for British sport with Team GB and Paralympics GB bringing home a combined 214 medals from the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.The phenomenal effort from all of our athletes competing in Rio instilled a sense of pride with those watching at home, including the EFL and its 72 member clubs.
Football has played an influential role for many British athletes, with numerous having an EFL club close to their heart.
As part of their homecoming celebrations, the EFL linked up with clubs across the country to invite Olympians and Paralympians as honorary guests, getting the chance to quiz them on why they love the beautiful game.
Derby County supporter Hollie Webb, who scored the winning penalty to claim gold for Team GB women’s hockey team, visited the iPro Stadium ahead of the Rams’ EFL Cup clash against Liverpool.
She said: “I am very proud to be from Derbyshire. I love it here, my grandparents were season ticket holders for years and my other grandad listens to Derby County on the radio.”
Meanwhile, Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Stephanie Slater was a good luck charm for her hometown club Preston North End, as she watched the Lilywhites beat Aston Villa for the first time since 1969.
The EFL caught up with Hollie, Stephanie and many more athletes about and why their club is special to them. Take a watch…