MORE than one million people are now participating in football-led community programmes and activities every season.
An incredible statistic that owes much to the fantastic work of football club's up and down the country, including QPR in the Community Trust.
Today, Tuesday 25th 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 well-being, education, community outreach and much more.
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 £50 million 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.
QPR in the Community Trust CEO, Andy Evans, told www.qpr.co.uk: "Today is an important day because it allows us to showcase the amazing work that goes on not just here at QPR and in our community, but across the whole country – 72 clubs going out into the local areas on a daily basis and changing lives.
"Football clubs take their role in the local community very seriously.
"At QPR in the Community Trust, we deliver over 300 sessions a week in the local community, and last year we saw 22,000 participants across our whole range of projects that we’re delivering.
"The work we have done and continue to do gives me immense pride."
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."