What We Do
EFL Trust is the official charity of the English Football League.
EFL Trust uses the power of sport to improve lives and make a positive contribution across EFL communities across the country.
The Trust draws together each EFL Club Trust to tackle society’s greater goals by inspiring people through powerful projects built upon a foundation of four key themes of sport, education, community engagement and health.
Key projects are delivered by the dedicated network of community trusts associated to the EFL clubs.
- Increase participation
- Inspire education
- Raise aspirations
- Improve health
- Reduce crime
The Trusts across the network engage with around 1 million participants every year, employ over 2,400 employees and attract over £62m in funding for community projects.
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.
Find out more in our 2019-2024 EFL Trust Strategy
EFL Trust was established in 2008 to support the growing amount of community work carried out within the EFL and is responsible for 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 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 key new journey, delivering the government funded National Citizen Service (NCS). This has proved an incredibly rewarding programme, with over 40,000 young people graduating from the scheme since those initial pilots.
In 2013, the EFL Trust Futsal and Educational programme gained national exposure when 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 around 1 million people in the UK in the 2014/15 campaign. In the same year, the Trust announced a partnership with Ferrero to deliver the Kinder + Sport scheme, with Kinder also sponsoring the EFL 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 since it began, over 20,000 youngsters have taken part in both competitions.
In September 2016, the Trust’s nationwide disability football programme Every Player Counts was launched. The programme, funded by Wembley National Stadium Trust, exceeded targets by 20% in its first year with over 3,600 unique participants taking part in sport, many for the first time. The remarkable achievements of the programme were celebrated during a disability football festival in 2017, with participants and clubs taking part in a tournament in front of special guests at MediaCityUK in Salford.
In 2018, the EFL Trust celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary and launched a brand new fund, giving a group of clubs the chance to develop collaborative and innovative projects across the UK. We also achieved compliance with Sport England Code of Governance.
In 2019 we were successful in retaining the Merlin Accreditation for Excellence in Supply Chain Management and in addition we achieved the ‘Merlin Standard Award: Working with Effective Supply Chains’. This is recognition of best practise in organisations who are recognised by their supply chain as having an approach that creates a win-win partnership to deliver excellent value to the customer.
In July, EFL Trust was visited by Ofsted with inspectors undertaking a Monitoring Inspection, looking at delivery of our Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funded programmes. EFL Trust has been judged to be making “reasonable progress” in its endeavours to provide learners with the qualifications and experience to enter the jobs market. You can read the report here.