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EFL Day of Action 2021

The EFL today (Wednesday, April 14th) marks its fifth Day of Action, where all 72 clubs across three divisions come together to demonstrate the positive impact of community-based projects in football.

Some of the rewarding work showcased by the Robins Foundation has been the running of a two-week Easter camp for young people in areas of deprivation, giving them the opportunity to play football.

These camps have engaged with over 150 youngsters each day and provided them with free lunches, courtesy of Bristol City Council. The delivery has been a huge success and continues to demonstrate the importance of these sessions and the positive impact they create within the community.

This week has also seen participants welcomed back to a number of different programmes and projects with the Foundation’s associate teams also returning to physical delivery.

Bristol City’s Cerebral Palsy football team is the newest addition to the WE ARE CITY programme. The initiative aims to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges, ensuring football is accessible to all.

SOME OF THE FOUNDATION'S LATEST WORK:

Despite the financial and logistical difficulties that EFL clubs have faced during the last 12 months, community work has remained at the heart of football, providing vital support to some of the most vulnerable people living in England and Wales.

Since March 2020 when the first lockdown began, EFL clubs have collectively distributed more than 1.4 million food parcels, more than 179,000 items of PPE, 22,000 prescriptions and donated some 2,100 laptops and tablets to people facing technology poverty.

Throughout the pandemic, the Foundation continued to reach the most vulnerable people in the community. From delivering 50,000 food parcels to families in need, to making regular phone calls to elderly people at risk of social isolation, the charity has remained a strong presence within the heart of the community.

Chief Executive Officer of Bristol City Robins Foundation, Dan White said: "Today we are showcasing just some of the work we do week in, week out at the Foundation.

“The last 12 months have challenged us all in ways we thought unimaginable before the Covid-19 pandemic. The EFL Day of Action marks an excellent opportunity to reflect upon how the club and Foundation have stepped up to support some of our community's most vulnerable people throughout the 2020/21 football season.

“From food drops and phone calls, to the elderly and supporting schools to stay open for children of key workers, our team has been phenomenal and truly gone above and beyond to make a real difference in many individuals' lives.”

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