With the EFL Day of Action getting under way today, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has praised the work undertaken by all 72 clubs ahead of what is shaping up to be a busy day across the EFL.
More than a million people are now participating in football-led community programmes and activities every season, and today, Tuesday 20th March, clubs are coming together to highlight and showcase the groundbreaking work taking place and the impact it has in communities nationwide.
The Day of Action presents clubs with an opportunity to simultaneously raise awareness using the power of football to help people in need across sport, education, health and community engagement programmes.
Crouch said: “The Day of Action is a great way to show how important football is in the local community, and I would encourage every football club to get involved and maximise the opportunity to showcase their work.”
Whether it is Millwall’s work in mental health where they are running a football tournament in memory of one of their players who recently passed away, to Bristol City’s innovative use of a youth council and neighbours Bristol Rovers’ focus on disability football, each club is covering an array of different areas.
Crouch continued: “There is so much going on at each and every club across the country with a huge variety of work that they’re getting involved with.
“You see all sorts of different initiatives being undertaken by football clubs in their communities and it is only right that the clubs have recognised those opportunities and acted on them.
“Each club is different and one will not have the same challenge or need for that activity compared to another, so I think it is really important that there is that variety on show and so many areas are affected in a positive manner.”
You can follow the EFL Day of Action via the EFL’s Live Blog and across social media via #EFLDayofAction.