Southall MP praises impact of EFL Trust project run by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust

Southall MP Virendra Sharma swapped parliament for the playground as he joined pupils from St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School yesterday. He took part in a Joy of Moving Move and Learn session, which inspires 9-10 year olds to get physically active and enjoy movement by learning through play. With temperatures soaring to 24 degrees, the pupils learnt about the importance of hydration during exercise before heading outside to showcase their skills to the local MP.

Delivered by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, one of 26 Football Clubs delivering the Joy of Moving programme, this Move and Learn project aims to inspire pupils to be physically active and enjoy movement. During the six week in-school project, children up and down the country will learn, through fun games inspired by the Joy of Moving methodology, about the importance of physical activity and balanced diets based on the Eatwell Guide.

After attending the session, Virendra Sharma praised the impact of the project, he said:

“I feel honoured to attend St Anslem’s Joy of Moving project today and see the pupils come together to learn about the importance of moving.

“It is fantastic that organisations such as Ferrero UK, the English Football League Trust and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are providing support and resources to inspire children to live healthy lifestyles.”

Data from Sport England shows that only 22% of Years 5 – 6 are active every day. Through the Move and Learn project, each child in this year group receives an additional 9 hours physical activity and learning.

St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School has certainly reaped the benefits of the programme, Tito Perera, Deputy Headteacher of the school, said:

“Our partnership with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust started in January 2019.  Since then, the support and commitment from the coaches and senior leaders has been incredible. 

“We were privileged to be part of the Joy of Moving programme, which has helped the children to grow in their knowledge and understanding of having a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to a continued partnership with Brentford FC CST.”

Move and Learn is part of the Joy of Moving programme which is a CSR initiative for Ferrero developed in partnership with English Football League Trust. It is designed to inspire active lifestyles in children and help them develop positive habits for adulthood. Along with the Move and Learn project, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust runs a multitude of health and education projects – engaging with a staggering 2,000 pupils in the borough of Ealing.


70 people attend Pride in London parade with the Charlton Family

  • Organisers say more than 1.5 million people took to the streets to celebrate the event
  • Second year in a row CACT has taken part in the parade

Building on last year’s success, 70 people joined a Charlton Athletic group taking part in Pride in London on Saturday 6 July.

More than 30,000 people from over 600 different groups, including Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT), took part in this year’s parade.

The event saw CACT celebrate the achievements of CACT Invicta FC, the first LGBTQI+ friendly team to become affiliated to a professional football club’s community trust, and Proud Valiants, Charlton’s official LGBTQI+ supporters’ group.

The Charlton Family were represented by Charlton fans, CACT Invicta and Proud Valiants, as well as students from the University of Greenwich, young people from CACT’s National Citizen Service programme and Young Greenwich, the youth service CACT delivers on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Representatives from CACT Principal Partner ITRM were also present.

This year, they were also joined at Pride by a growing number of organisations from across football, including the FA.

Participants wore special ‘We are going up’ t-shirts to celebrate the club gaining promotion to the Championship after winning the Play-Off Final at Wembley.

Daniel Jenkins, a player for CACT Invicta, said:

“It’s so important because it’s a celebration for people who for years have not had the opportunity to celebrate.

“We have annual tournaments at The Valley and CACT have always been very supportive of CACT Invicta as a club and the stuff we do.”

Dr Michael Seeraj, CACT’s Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, said:

“What an incredible day, we had such a great representation from across the Charlton Family and one of the biggest walking groups in the parade.

“It was quite a spectacular event, and the interaction and positivity from everyone there, from a wide range of different communities and backgrounds, was a real example of how diversity and inclusion really works. We can’t wait until next year!”

Pompey in the Community’s partnership with Community Integrated Care praised

As a part of Integrated Care Week (1-7th July), we are showcasing life-changing programmes for people with learning disabilities delivered by Pompey in the Community, the official charity of Portsmouth FC. The programmes were also celebrated as a part of National Learning Disability Week in Parliament on 20th June.

Clare Martin, CEO of Pompey In The Community Trust, presented at Sport You Can, a national event celebrating the best examples of sport in learning disability settings. At the event, she showcased the club’s incredible partnership with the national social care charity Community Integrated Care and the success of their adult learning disability team.

Community Integrated Care is one of Britain’s biggest and most successful social care charities, and a major care provider in Portsmouth. The charity teamed up with the club last season to commission weekly accessible sports and activity sessions for the people with learning disabilities and autism, and special matchday experiences. Community Integrated Care has also supported the ongoing growth and success of the club’s learning disability football provision.

At the House of Commons event, lead figures at Community Integrated Care hailed the values and commitment of Pompey in the Community.

Clare Martin, CEO of Pompey in the Community, says: “It was an honour to present at such a prestigious and inspirational event, showcasing Pompey in the Community’s commitment to inclusion for people with learning disabilities. We have been thrilled to work in partnership with Community Integrated Care to develop several innovative opportunities that promote the health, happiness and inclusion.

“Pompey in the Community are excited to see this partnership grow and develop in the seasons ahead.”

Kristie Burberry, Regional Manager for Community Integrated Care in the South of England, says: “We were delighted to engage Pompey in the Community at this important event. The charity, and the club as a whole, have demonstrated a genuine commitment to changing lives through sport.

“It was only right that the quality of their work and this partnership was celebrated on this national stage, in front of leaders in the sport and care sectors.

“It is a privilege for us to work with the current Checkatrade Community Club of the Year and we are committed to strengthening this partnership in the seasons ahead.”

Argyle Community Trust Opens New £2.5m Sports Hub

A new multi-million pound sports hub in Plymouth, which is expected to support 30,000 people taking part in physical activity a year, was opened by England legend Peter Shilton last week.

The facility which is set to become an integral venue for community sport in the local area, includes a floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP), one adult and one junior grass football pitches, a new artificial cricket wicket, eight grass wickets and a four-team changing pavilion (made possible thanks to investment from Argyle Community Trust, Plymouth City Council, the Premier League, The FA, Football Foundation, Sport England and the England and Wales Cricket Board).

After Plymouth City Council and the Argyle Community Trust netted an £880,000 grant from the Football Foundation towards the project, work begun on the site in February 2018.

Mark Lovell, Head of Community at Argyle Community Trust said:

“This space is more than just a place where people play sport, but it will be a place that the community can use at its centre for education and social events. 

“The project has involved a great deal of planning and I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Plymouth City Council and all the partners involved. 

“It has been a genuine partnership throughout and a source of huge pride that the facility is now open to the public.

“There is no doubt the Manadon Sports Hub is the largest project ever undertaken by the Trust and a reflection of the progress we have made over the past decade. 

“Working in unison with Plymouth City Council and Argyle Community Trust, it is a very special moment seeing the community enjoying this fantastic facility.”

The venue will be open to everybody from schools, small sided football leagues and football development, to private parties, fitness classes, health and wellbeing activities, disability sports, frisbee clubs and community sessions.

Guests at the official opening were given an exclusive tour of the new facility and were able to see school children competing in a football tournament on the 3G pitch as well as players from Plymouth Civil Service and Roborough Cricket Club using the cricket nets.

There was also a surprise appearance from former England footballer and Argyle legend Peter Shilton OBE, who was delighted to be back in the where he secured his first management job with a three-and-a-half-year stay, getting Plymouth Argyle into the playoffs in only his second season.

The Manadon Sports and Community Hub will be one of the best sports facilities in the city and will see the return of many cricket teams able to play within the city boundary after many dedicated spaces disappeared for the sport in Plymouth.

Deputy Council Leader PeterSmith said:

 “This fantastic new facility has been years in the planning but absolutely worth the wait.  

“It’s not just somewhere to play sport – it’s been designed with the whole community in mind, with spaces for all sorts of physical, health, education and social activities that really bring people together. 

“The all-weather pitch has been massively popular and now the main pavilion is open people of all ages and abilities can really start to get the best out of the facilities and sessions on offer. Once the grass pitches and wickets are complete, we will be well on our way to establishing Plymouth’s first cricket and football development hub and bringing cricket home again. 

“We’re proud to have worked alongside the Argyle Community Trust to transform what used to be a run-down and underused site into what is, without doubt, one the best sports facilities in the city.”

Devon FA identified the site as a strategic priority to focus on growing football development opportunities within the local area.

By working alongside the partner clubs the aim is to create an additional 13 teams playing at St Peter’s Road over the next five years.

Team growth will primarily focus on youth football and it is projected that female teams will double from five to ten teams.

The sports hub will also be used to deliver coach education by Plymouth YMCA and Devon FA. With an emphasis on coaching opportunities directly supporting the partner clubs and local community it will enable the football coaching workforce to organically grow.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:

“The support of the Premier League, The FA and Government enables the Football Foundation to help improve community sports facilities like this one across the country.

“Their funding has played a key role in delivering The Manadon Sports Hub in Plymouth and I am delighted for everyone associated with the Plymouth City Council and the Argyle Community Trust. 

“This is one example we want to make people in Plymouth aware of, that they have the kind of quality pitches and changing rooms that are taken for granted in other counties.

“We will continue to support projects nationwide, but we cannot do this on our own, so we are encouraging organisations in the area to join our movement to deliver quality football facilities for people in Plymouth once and for all. 

“Taking part in community sport at any level offers many benefits and rewards, not least the opportunity for people to enjoy themselves and socialise with different members of the community.”

It was also thanks to the support from Sport England who funded £350,000 to help make the project possible. Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said:

“We know people have a better experience of sport when they have good facilities in which to play. That is why we are investing in this excellent project at Manadon Sports Hub to create a multi-sport facility to encourage more people to engage with sport and physical activity.”

Tony: “I can’t believe how much my life has turned around. The support of friends I have met through Extra Time Hubs has been vital.”

As part of our Extra Time Hubs launch this week, we’re highlighting the story of one particular person who has found a new lease of life through the programme…

Tony, who is retired and found himself very lonely after going through a divorce late in life, credits Derby County Community Trust’s programmes, including EFL Trust Extra Time Hubs, for turning his life around.

After a period of what he describes as ‘lonely depression’, Tony realised he needed to change something and as a lifelong Derby County supporter, the work of Derby County Community Trust really appealed to him.

He joined the Rams’ EFL Trust Extra Time Hubs as a volunteer and thanks to the programme, now finds life more fulfilling, has made many new friends and has something to look forward to every week.

He said: “I had retired from a very fulfilling job in education. I thought my life would involve normal things that retirement brings: family, friends, holidays and plenty of time in the garden.

“However, things didn’t work out as I anticipated. A sudden, and to me, unexpected relationship breakdown turned my life upside down and I found myself living alone feeling quite bereft from the retirement I anticipated.

“After a period of what can only be described as lonely depression, I realised I needed to do something.

“I now volunteer at Derby County Community Trust’s Extra Time Hub, where we bring people together in a comfortable, welcoming environment with the goal of helping people improve their health and wellbeing.

“And that is precisely what my involvement with Derby County Community Trust has done for me.

“My life is now full of activity and I now have more friends than I have ever had before.

“We meet socially at the EFL Trust Extra Time Hub, have meals out and organise many other social events.

“The support and camaraderie of the friends I have met through the Hubs has been vitally important in giving me back my self-esteem and confidence. I can’t believe how much my life has turned around.”

Studies show that 42% of those over the age of 55 are inactive and would like opportunities to meet peers to feel less isolated, live well and do things they enjoy.

Funded with the support of Sport England’s Active Aging fund from the National Lottery, the EFL Trust Extra Time Hubs programme will initially be delivered by 12 EFL Clubs across the country, harnessing the power of football in local communities to bring people together. All 12 Clubs will hold launch events at their respective grounds throughout the week.

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12 Extra Time Hubs launched

This week we launch ‘Extra Time Hubs’, which are designed to engage retired and semi-retired people and combat loneliness and inactivity.

Studies show that 42% of those over the age of 55 are inactive. EFL Trust’s own research revealed many people would like the opportunity to meet peers to feel less isolated, live well and do things they enjoy.

Launched to coincide with Loneliness Awareness Week, the Extra Time Hubs will harness the unique assets of our network to bring older people together and provide a range of activities that could benefit their physical and mental health. Activities vary from quizzes to arts and crafts and even bungee jumping!

Funded with the support of Sport England’s Active Ageing fund from the National Lottery, Hubs will initially be created at 12 CCOs across the country, harnessing the power of football in local communities. All 12 Extra Time Hubs will hold launch events at their respective grounds throughout this week.

Director of Operations at EFL Trust, Mike Evans said, “We have a BIG ambition – an ambition to help older people to create a national movement of Extra Time Hubs that will make a positive difference to how thousands can enjoy their later years. Extra Time Hubs will enable people to decide which activities they want to do and not be prescribed for well as giving people the opportunity to meet like-minded people and feel less isolated.”

Sport England’s Executive Director for Tackling Inactivity, Mike Diaper comments, “Maintaining an active lifestyle as you grow older delivers massive health and social benefits. However, we know that you are more likely to be less active as an older person.

“Often it can feel like the barriers to getting active grow as we age but there are simple changes people can make to get active or stay active and Sport England invests National Lottery funding into projects like the EFL Trust’s Extra Time Hubs to make that happen.

 “The EFL and those working on the Hubs have taken specific care to understand the needs of the older adults taking part in their local areas to provide a fantastic service and prove that getting older doesn’t have to mean slowing down.”

Loneliness Minister Mims Davies said, “Loneliness is one of the biggest health challenges our country faces and we know that getting out and making new social connections can really help people feel less isolated. ‘Extra Time Hubs’ is a fantastic project, helping older people stay active and make friends – bringing communities together through sport.”

The 12 Clubs involved in the scheme are: Bolton Wanderers, Burton Albion, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Crawley Town, Derby County, Lincoln City, Northampton Town, Plymouth Argyle, Shrewsbury Town, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic.

Eight straight national titles for ‘amazing’ Charlton Upbeats

  • Upbeats pick up ninth DS Active title in Birmingham
  • Charlton Athletic Community Trust’s Down’s syndrome team win final 8-1

The Charlton Upbeats won a sensational ninth DS (Down’s syndrome) Active national title on Sunday 9 June.

Charlton Athletic Community Trust’s (CACT) record-breaking group secured their eighth consecutive success in style, beating Bristol Down’s Syndrome Football and Swindon Town’s joint All Stars team 8-1 in the final.

14 Upbeats travelled up to this year’s tournament, split into two teams: Upbeats Addicks and Upbeats Valiants.

Organised by the Down’s Syndrome Association, the DS Active National Festival brought 24 teams from across the UK together, with more than 150 participants in total.

The Upbeats travelled up to Birmingham the night before, staying in the Arden Hotel near the National Exhibition Centre with their families and CACT coaches.

Upbeats Addicks were drawn in a group alongside Merseyside Blues, who they beat in last year’s final, and took on in their opening game. 1-1 midway through, it finished 3-1 to the Upbeats, just like last season’s final.

The Addicks won all five group games, seeing off the likes of Millwall Community Trust and Fulham FC Foundation’s DS teams, who they beat 5-0 and 4-1 respectively.

Upbeats Valiants’ results included a hard-earned 1-0 win against Lincoln City Foundation’s DS team and a 6-1 drubbing of Merseyside Whites.

Jack Lyons was the Valiants’ top scorer, with nine goals in his five matches. But defeat to QPR in the Community’s side meant they missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals on goal difference.

Upbeats Addicks got there, however, and beat Lincoln 4-0 to set up a final against Bristol and Swindon’s combined team, who triumphed against Arsenal Community’s North London United in the other semi-final.

The Upbeats raced into a 4-0 lead within four minutes. All Stars pulled one back but a fine right-footed drive from Jack Wood soon made it five and the Upbeats went on to cruise to victory.

Attending his first tournament, Ben Geary, a CACT Casual Coach who helps train the Upbeats weekly, said:

“My first weekend coaching the Upbeats in a competitive way was great fun! The atmosphere was incredible and everyone was so welcoming. What an amazing experience!”

The Upbeats were similarly thrilled.

Malick Irmal, who was appearing in his fifth tournament, said:

“Charlton had more power, more energy; we did good! This feels like our Champions League final”.

James Barnes, who has been involved in the programme since the start, said:

“I feel overwhelmed. It was an amazing performance by the Upbeats. Let’s do this and win next year’s DS Active tournament and bring that back to Sparrows Lane too.”

William Ely, who scored a brace in the final, said:

“I did my best out there and it was a great day. It’s eight times in a row that we’ve won it, but I want to win it again.”

Another successful title defence next year would see the Upbeats win their 10th title, securing what some supporters are already referring to as la Decima.

They celebrated in style, with their own rendition of chants and songs they and more than 38,000 other Addicks had sung at Wembley as Charlton’s first-team clinched promotion.

The programme allows participants to play high-level football in an inclusive environment but also increases the aspirations of Upbeats and their families, strengthening bonds and relationships between them.

On 26 June, the Upbeats will be heading to Belfast to take part in the George Best Community Cup. It will be the third time they will participate in the pan-disability tournament run by the Irish FA.

Louie: “NCS made me who I am today”

“They were the worst two years of my life. I was shy, nervous and wouldn’t talk to people” says Louie Salmon, 16, from Peterborough.

However fast forward two years after completing NCS (National Citizen Service) and Louie is a very different person, he now has the confidence to stand in front of peers and tell his story whilst also securing a job with his local football team.

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“It was only through the Ealing Young Carers Project I have been able to develop my passion for photography”

On UK Carers Week, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust highlighted how they gave Mia, a young carer for her mum, an experience she would never forget.

With the noise levels escalating, and a sea of red scarves behind her, fourteen-year-old Mia Lloyd nervously took her position at the side of the pitch as Brentford FC’s official photographer for their match against Blackburn Rovers back in February.

She took part in the football club’s first Community Takeover, which saw ten children from eight of Brentford’s community projects, go behind the scenes and join match-day staff to learn the ropes.

Mia, who is a young carer for her mum, joined Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s young carers project when she was eight, and credits the project with igniting her passion for photography.

Her eight-year-old self could scarcely imagine that, six years later, she would be photographing Brentford’s most high-profile players and have her work showcased on Brentford FC’s website.

“I really enjoy photography – it has allowed me to express myself and I was honoured to be able to photograph a team that I have supported since I was little.

“It is only through the Ealing Young Carers Project that I have been able to develop my passion for photography.”

And for Mia’s mum, Jacky, the day proved a ‘proud mum moment’ as she watched her daughter photograph one of Brentford’s most memorable matches of the season: the Bees fighting back from 2-0 down to win 5-2 against Blackburn Rovers.

“I have to admit I felt pretty big-headed seeing my daughter on the pitch in front of all those football fans; I never thought she would do something like this, so I am immensely proud to have witnessed that,” she explained. “Young carers need a break and deserve to be ‘normal’ teenagers like everyone else – I think it is a fantastic project.”

With 700,000 young carers living in the UK, the Trust’s young carers programme aims to provide teenagers like Mia with much-needed respite. Commissioned by Ealing Council, the project gives carers between eight and 18-years-old somewhere to socialise, learn new skills and gain in confidence. Since the project has been commissioned to the Trust, participation has gone from 25 young carers to nearly 200.

Along with photography, meeting other young carers has proven a lifeline for Mia.

“Meeting other young carers has been great as they understand what it’s like to be ‘me’. The project has helped build my confidence and I can share experiences with other young carers.”

Kathryn Sobczak, the Trust’s Young Carers Coordinator, has seen first-hand the change in Mia.

“The fact that Mia took part in the Community Takeover and took photographs of professional footballers in front of thousands of people is testament to how far she has come,” Kathryn said.

“When I first met Mia, she was quiet. But now she has grown in confidence and made many friends.”

The project also offers one-to-one mentoring and a wide range of activities, including: after-school homework clubs; lunchtime clubs; fortnightly youth clubs; fortnightly swimming clubs and day trips.

Employment and education opportunities are made available too, including work experience placements and CV writing.

If you know someone who could benefit from our Young Carers project, you can contact Kathryn at or on 020 8326 7044.

EFL Trust Corporate Volunteering Scheme producing fantastic results

Funding 550 Prostate Cancer Tests at Turf Moor and decorating a house for people less fortunate. These were all made possible, last year, thanks to EFL Trust’s Corporate Volunteering Scheme.

The scheme allows members of staff 2 days each year to volunteer their time during work hours. It was introduced 2 years ago and has already had some fantastic results. As part of #VolunteerWeek2019, it only feels right for us to share them.

Mike Evans, Director of Operations, took on a cycling challenge to fundraise for Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal (BKPCA), a charity that aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer and provide testing days for men aged 50+.

With a team of cyclists, Mike a Trustee of BKPCA, covered 417 miles in 5 days, starting in Burnley, heading to Bruges, back through to Dover, into London and then completing the challenge in Walsall.

The team raised over £24,000 for BKPCA which has helped to fund screening events across the country, including one more recently at Turf Moor which tested over 550 men for prostate cancer.

Mike said; “As a charity, it’s important that we give staff time to volunteer for causes they are passionate about.

“I’m a keen cyclist and this was a great opportunity to support a cause that is close to my heart. It was a tough ride but to know this has benefited 550 men made it all worthwhile.”

More recently, Charlotte Dinsdale, Matt Conway, Tony Buck and Lucy Shuttleworth from EFL Trust’s NCS Team volunteered their time with Hull Homeless Community Project (HHCP).

The group decorated a flat to support a lady who has suffered serious abuse and exploitation. The abuse has left her being partially blind and as a result, she struggles to focus on strong colours.

The EFL Trust team specifically painted the walls white, which has made a significant difference to her life by helping  to stabilize her sight.

Charlotte said: “EFL Trust have a strong relationship with HHCP because of the link through NCS, and the impact that project has had on the charity. It was great to be able to give up my own time to have a positive impact on a lady who has been through unimaginable things.”