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More than one million people are now participating in football-led community programmes and activities every season.

On Tuesday 25 April, all 72 EFL clubs will come together for the EFL’s Community Day of Action to highlight and showcase the impact of this work in towns and cities nationwide.

EFL Clubs use the power of football to have a positive effect on thousands of people’s lives in the UK every day, helping participants to improve their lives with programmes focused on health and wellbeing, education, community outreach and much more.

The EFL’s Community Day of Action presents a unique – and brand new – an opportunity for all EFL clubs to simultaneously raise awareness of the impact they are having by creating a national platform to highlight the community work that happens across 72 towns and cities, 365 days a year, seven days a week.

Approximately £50million is being invested every season by the EFL Trust and Club Community Trusts into key areas, using the power of football to help people in need across sport, education, health and community engagement programmes.

The work is having a significant impact on communities up and down the country.


For example:


  • For every £1 spent to deliver Millwall Community Trust’s programmes – more than £7 is generated in cost savings to society
  • Portsmouth’s crowdfunding campaign generated over £100,000 to build a new community facility to increase the Trust’s capacity by 100%
  • Wigan Athletic have helped to reduce anti-social behaviour by up to 50% in selected communities by providing sports opportunities for 4,000 young people
  • At Charlton Athletic, the social value of the community trust’s mentoring programme is estimated at over £2.3million
  • Over 1,000 young people have participated in NCS with Rotherham United, improving their skill set, confidence and raising over £28,000
  • Sheffield United have delivered the Kinder +Sport move and learn project to almost 2,000 children over 41 schools across the city


Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive, said: “EFL clubs play a pivotal role in their communities and what our inaugural Day of Action makes abundantly clear is how this work is having a significant impact, not just on match days but seven days a week, 365 days a year.


“The power of football continues to be used to improve people’s health and wellbeing and provide increased opportunities to develop individuals’ education and career prospects.

“Such important work should be commended and clearly illustrates how EFL clubs and their Trusts are contributing to society outside of the game, achieving tangible results and lasting change.“

With 72 member clubs across three divisions, the EFL (English Football League) is the world’s original league football competition. It is the largest single body of professional clubs in European football and is responsible for administering and regulating the Sky Bet EFL, EFL Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, as well as reserve and youth football. The EFL, EFL Trust and our member clubs are at the heart of communities across the country, providing shared experiences for all and using the power of sport to improve lives.


Tonight WWFC AND WWSET come together for the EFL’s Community Day of Action to highlight our strong tradition and reputation for youth development and impact it has on the number of children participating in football within the local areas.

WWSET are delighted to welcome the manager of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, Gareth Ainsworth along to Burnham Grammar School to cast his eye over our Elite & Development Academy.

The Elite & Development Academy coaches approximately 600 young players each week across 6 centres,

With WWSET staff delivering over 40 weeks of EDA sessions per season!

This equates to 48,000 individual participation hours coached during the season, which has a great impact on the young players we coach across the Berks, Bucks & Middlesex areas.


Not only do the children enjoy the best opportunity of reaching their full potential and playing at the highest possible level they also play over 80 fixtures during the season across all age groups from under 6’s to under 16’s giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents.

This has seen 86 players graduate from our EDA programme at various age groups and signed for professional club academies (including Chelsea, Arsenal, Reading and Tottenham Hotspur to name a few) and we are all hopeful these players are well on their way to successful future football careers.

Having the privilege of welcoming Gareth down to our EDA session this evening will give WWSET the opportunity to raise a greater awareness to the club, supporters and more importantly the local community of the impact and opportunities we create by our running the EDA.