Today is the EFL’s Day of Action where all 72 Football League Clubs come together to highlight the positive work undertaken to tackle some of society’s biggest issues within their communities.
Up and down the country, managers and players from EFL Clubs (Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two) have been attending sessions hosted by their community trust’s, designed to tackle a diverse range of social issues from homelessness and mental health, to community and social cohesion/inclusion.
At Nottingham Forest Community Trust our programmes and projects give support to people who may not have experienced the freedom and potential that our activities are able to provide. This is especially the case when it comes to our range of disability sessions. Through schools and inclusive clubs across Nottinghamshire our aim is to ensure that people with a disability can develop their full potential through accessible sports opportunities. Every week we host a number of multi-sport activities that are led by our friendly and professional coaches constructed to ensure that they can include everyone no matter what their age or ability.
Today was no different as participants from our ‘Every Player Counts’ session at the Martin Jackman Centre prepared for what some of them said was their ‘favourite part of the week’. Little did they know that it was about to get even better as Nottingham Forest First team players Yohan Benalouane and Alexander Milosevic got ready to go and join them! The players came and took part, getting involved with the session and making friends with the participants – much to their excitement.
It’s been great to see the collaboration between the Nottingham Forest players and participants within our community based sessions and its opportunities like these which both the club and ourselves want to continue to provide.