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20 March 2018

All 72 EFL clubs to demonstrate the power of football and sport in changing young people's lives.

  • EFL Day of Action held on Tuesday 20th March 2018.
  • Latics duo to meet young people on the Pathway 2 Participation scheme.
  • Community Trust to host Every Player Counts disability football session.

All 72 EFL clubs will come together today (Tuesday 20th March 2018) for the EFL’s Day of Action, a celebration to demonstrate the positive impact football and sport can have in changing young people’s lives.

From Plymouth to Peterborough and Sunderland to Southend, EFL clubs across all three divisions will showcase the innovative and ground-breaking work they do for young people in tackling some of the biggest issues in society across education, health, community inclusion and participation. 

Managers and players from the EFL’s 72 clubs will be attending events up and down the country including projects that target mental health, disability and obesity.

At Latics, Christian Walton and James Vaughan will be meeting youngsters on the Community Trust’s Pathway 2 Participation programme, while Andy Williamson, former Chief Operating Officer at the EFL, will be visiting Wigan Youth Zone for an Every Player Counts disability football session.

The Community Trust have worked with over 300 young people aged 12-19 since the launch of Pathway 2 Participation in October 2015, a scheme designed to improve health and wellbeing, while also helping youngsters to gain confidence and raise their aspirations and ambitions.

The club’s official charity have also worked with over 400 people with disabilities as part of the Every Player Counts project, a programme aimed at increasing participation among disabled people.

EFL Chairman, Ian Lenagan said: “Football continues to support its communities seven days a week, 365 days a year through our unique network of club Community Trust's.

“Bringing all 72 together on one day for the EFL Day of Action highlights the special role the EFL has in society and our collective ability to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of millions of people. 

“It is fantastic to see so many managers and players across England and Wales coming out in support of the excellent work being undertaken by their own club right in the heart of their own community. 

“There are few sporting organisations that can deliver the scale of innovative and ground breaking activity we do via our network of clubs across so many important areas, including inclusion, charitable causes, community engagement, education or health.”

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