What We Do?
The EFL Trust is a national charity that uses the power of football to change people’s lives.
The EFL Trust unites the inspirational work delivered across England and Wales by the dedicated network of community trusts associated to the 72 EFL clubs. Last year we engaged with over 1.5million people using the power of football to improve health, inspire education, reduce crime, increase participation and tackle many difficult social issues like drug abuse and homelessness. The Trust tackles society’s greater goals by inspiring people through powerful projects built upon a foundation of our four key themes;- sport, education, inclusion and health.
Each of the 72 EFL clubs (Championship, League 1, League 2) has its own community trust. The charities have a combined annual turnover of over £44 million, and 2,500 members of staff, including teachers, coaches and professional health workers. Based in the heart of their communities, our trusts use the magnetism of their club badge to connect with people.
The national game speaks in a language people understand, with the power to go further where others fall short. The Trust embraces this magic to raise the aspirations of millions by delivering dynamic initiatives to communities throughout the country. Aspiring to change lives and create a legacy, we have a specific focus on youth engagement, bringing learning to life through the spirit of sport. Beyond this, we rise to the challenge of wider government agendas, from drug rehabilitation to dealing with dementia.
Our strategy – EFL Trust Strategy
Going From Strength to Strength
EFL Trust was established in 2007 to support the growing amount of community work carried out within the EFL distributing core funding from the Premier League and The PFA to each community trust. The Trust quickly established a reputation as being much more than that, securing commercial partnerships and government contracts to deliver a range of services through its network of 72 football charities and, more recently, a wider network of partners. The Trust uses the power of football to make a difference, particularly in the many disadvantaged areas that its network reaches.
2011 saw The Trust embark on a new journey, delivering the government funded National Citizen Service (NCS). This has proved an incredibly rewarding programme, with over 10,000 young people graduating from the scheme since those initial pilots.
In 2013 The EFL Trust Futsal Educational Programme gained national exposure with the inaugural Futsal Cup featured on Soccer AM throughout the 2013/14 campaign. Finalists Grimsby Town and Derby County battled their way through the preliminary rounds to compete for the chance to win a trip to Barcelona, with The Mariners coming out on top.
The Trust’s network engaged 1.5 million people in their community work during the 2014/15 campaign. The Trust announced a partnership with Ferrero to deliver the Kinder+Sport scheme, with Kinder also sponsoring the Kids Cup and Girls Cup at the end of the season. The competition’s objective is to inspire children to be active, healthy and develop a strong sense of teamwork and in 2016, over 20,000 youngsters have taken part in both competitions.