Tuesday 25th April was the Football Leagues ‘Community Day of Action’ of which Accrington Stanley were delighted to be a part of. The EFL Trust took the opportunity to showcase the work its members do in their communities.

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

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.

Accrington Stanley Community Trust had lots going on throughout the day with 13 community sessions in total. One of which included Stanley youngster Jack Burgess visit St Marys Primary school in Oswaldtwistle to take part in a Q&A with the year 5 class. They grilled him about his diet, exercise routine and what his favourite car was!

Pupils at St James Primary School in Clitheroe took part in some fun football sessions and spent time learning about how to live a healthy lifestyle with our coaches Josh and Elle.

The EFL’s Community Day of Action presents a unique – and brand new – 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 in communities up and down the country.

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.“