More than one million people are now participating in football-led community programmes and activities every season
All 72 EFL Clubs will come together on the same day for the EFL’s Day of Action to demonstrate the positive impact football can have in changing young people’s lives.
From Plymouth to Peterborough and Sunderland to Southend, on Tuesday 19 March 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.
As part of the day, Argyle Community Trust is hosting a Move and Learn day at Goosewell Primary School for children aged 9-10. Midfielder Ruben Lameiras and defender Yann Songo’o are due to attend to join in the fun and offer advice as part of the sessions.
Around the country other clubs and community trusts are holding events for young people that are making a big impact in their local area by shaping activities including girls, health and disability and street football.
Funded through the Football League and from Ferrero, Argyle Community Trust is able to offer six weeks blocks of health and nutrition lessons to children in year 5 for free.Over the past 12 months 1,865 children have engaged in the programme and children have been able to learn about the Eatwell guide and how exercise impacts our bodies.The programme highlights the use of our vital organs and how what we eat, and drink can affect these.
The session will be split into two parts: 45 minutes Healthy Eating workshop (classroom based) and 45 minutes practical sessions that links back to the theory-based session.
Many people always feel they know a lot about health and nutrition,the sessions run by fully qualified coaches work to improve the children’s understanding to what impact food and drink has on our bodies along with the importance of exercise and how this can affect our current health and in later life.
Schools and Participation Lead, Darrel Harris says: “Following the programme children show a better understanding of nutrition and we usually see a big different in terms of their snacks they have during break times as this is what they see. Usually a positive movement from chocolate and processed food to fruit or vegetables.”
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 Move and Learn project is a national programme focusing on improving fitness, health and nutritional knowledge in Year 5 children (aged 9-10).The goal is to increase levels of physical activity among young generations around the world, giving them the possibility to develop the skills that enhance their attitude to fitness.
Argyle Community Trust work across a number of schools across Plymouth, providing youngsters with a valuable insight on their own health whilst giving them a chance to participate in football, handball and dodgeball.
The programme offers a range of workshops, ranging from nutritional advice and cooking tips from the first-team chef here at Home Park to studies on the body with our physiotherapy team.
The project is managed by the English Football League Trust and is part of a national aim to get more young people moving, healthier and aware of activity levels and nutrition. On average each year we work with 2,000 young people on this project.