Walking football has helped improve Stu’s health!

On World Diabetes Day, find out how Tranmere Rovers in the Community are making an importance difference…

 TRFC season ticket holder Stuart Pierce, who has been a regular at Prenton Park for more than 50 years, has type two diabetes but has made sure he has stayed fit and active by participating in the Club’s walking football sessions.  Stu, aged 66, has been a participant on the walking football programme at the Recreational Centre for more than three years after his diagnosis with diabetes.

Stuart said: “I first started watching Tranmere Rovers in 1966 just before England won the World Cup. I have had a number of health problems including diabetes and as part of the regime to try and help my diabetes primarily, I was looking for some form of exercise.“I saw Tranmere Rovers in the Community’s walking football sessions advertised in 2015 and I have been coming ever since.“Having diabetes means that I have had to restructure my diet and I have to eat a lot healthier. However, I feel a lot better and all my food apart from a couple of things is scratch built. I do have the odd bacon sandwich, but I am well behaved!“It is essential to raise awareness for diabetes. People need to get themselves checked to see if they are ok. It is so important to exercise even if it is only going for a walk or come down to Prenton Park and take part in the sessions at Tranmere Rovers in the Community. Many little things will help you.”

Walking football is a regular fixture at Prenton Park and features four days a week. Stu is proud of the work his Club do in order to help people improve their health and admitted everyone is welcome.

He continued: “The walking football sessions are brilliant, and everyone is welcome. They run three sessions a week and it is a smashing friendly group who take part. The sessions take place on Monday afternoon, Wednesday morning and for the elderly gentlemen, there is one on a Friday as well at 11am. The staff at Tranmere work hard and they must be doing something right as the participation numbers are increasing. Even if you only want to take part for an hour or if you have never played football before, it doesn’t matter, as long as you can walk you will soon learn and have fun. We will help everybody. If you have diabetes or any other health problems, there are lots of other groups at Tranmere Rovers that will help your needs. I recommend it to anyone, come and enjoy yourself.”

If you are interested in attending a walking football session at Tranmere Rovers in the Community at the Recreation Centre, please see below…

Monday: Over 50s (2-3pm)

Tuesday: Females over 40 (11-12pm)

Wednesday: Over 50s (11-12pm)
Friday: Over 65s (11-12pm)

To find out more information about our walking football sessions, please email SteveW@tranmererovers.co.uk.





Max: Aged 13 and Changing the World

Despite his tender years Max is a young person that has made massive difference to a community on another continent.  Max, despite being only 13, has been on two trips to Kenya as part of Derby County Community Trust’s, ‘Rams in Kenya’ . 

Derby County Community Trust has been taking part in the Rams in Kenya trip for the past seven years.  Since its first trip in 2012, the initiative has grown from 13 volunteers on the first visit to 73 on the latest. Over 300 volunteers have now taken part across the seven trips.

Max , was one of the volunteers at village called Mama Kerry, he says,

“My Dad has always promised me that I could join the Rams in Kenya trip when I reached year 7 and in 2017 I visited the slums in Nakuru for the first time.  We had to fundraise to get there and to buy material for the projects, so last April me, my brother and my Dad ran the Derby 3K and raised over £800 for our trip!  I have since been lucky enough to return again in 2018 and I can’t wait to go back again next year.  My younger brother Fynn will be coming this time too and I’m so excited to introduce him to my friends in Mama Kerry school and for him to help us build more classrooms and play football with the children. On this year’s trip we managed to install running water, build a new classroom which included guttering to a new water tank. We also build a brand new kitchen including work surfaces, a clay over, serving hatch and chimney.


The Ram’s volunteers also worked year at other location in Kenya. At Jubilee, a new secure library was built with enlarged windows to ensure a more comfortable learning environment, whilst all existing classrooms and the kitchen were repainted. As well as this, foundations were dug for five new classrooms and books were supplied for all six of the year groups. Work began on an outer classroom at Ungana on the sixth Rams in Kenya trip last year and this was completed this time around, whilst the school gates were repaired and painted, as well as being supplied with two stronger locks. Guttering was also added to two classrooms, with the pipes feeding into a 500-litre tank.  Food was also provided to cater for 109 kids for over two months, whilst building began on two new classrooms. A block of seven toilets was also funded and work also began on a new water tank that will allow children to wash their hands properly after use.  Clothing, shoes and stationary were distributed to the children and a talk was delivered on female hygiene, with girls being provided with sanitary products.

#IwillWeek Celebrating the Impact of our Young People

We’re celebrating how youth social action helps build communities this #iwillWeek – join us!

This week, 12-16 November 2018, is #iwillWeek which serves as a focal point for anyone and any organisations to communicate the benefits of youth social action. This year our focus is on young people. Their voices. Their impact. Their story.

#iwillWeek is a yearly celebration of the anniversary of the inception of the #iwill campaign. The #iwill campaign is a national initiative, led by Patron HRH The Prince of Wales, that launched in 2013 with high-level cross-party support. The campaign has a goal of enabling 10 to 20 year-olds from all backgrounds to have access to volunteering, campaigning and fundraising opportunities by 2020. We call this youth social action – making a difference through practical action in the service of others.

It is an independent cross-party campaign, led by 875 organisations from across sectors, of which we are proud to say we’re one. We believe that enabling more  young people, wherever they live and whatever their background, to become active citizens, will have a long-term, unifying impact on the future of our country.

Across our network of community organisations linked to the 72 EFL football clubs young people make a massive impact.  This week we’ll be celebrating some of the work that they do for their community.

Teaching Excellence and Widening Participation : EFL Trust and USW Degree Wins Two National Awards

Last night the EFL Trust’s partnership with the University of South Wales (USW) received two awards at the Advance HE Awards, celebrating their contribution to the education sector.  The USW and EFL Trust Community Football Coaching and Development programme won The ‘Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence’ and also a Spotlight Award for widening participation.

The Spotlight Award acknowledged the degree’s contribution to widening participation and social inclusion, by engaging individuals in otherwise hard to reach areas of the UK.  The unique reached is achieved through EFL Trust and its network of Football Club Community Organisations linked to EFL Football Clubs across the county.

The Community Football Coaching and Development degree has been designed in conjunction with the EFL Trust, in order to identify the type of skills and qualities that are required to work within professional football clubs community departments or national governing bodies, in areas of growth such as social inclusion, community coaching and football development. On this course, students learn about children and youth coaching, sports coaching, football development, social inclusion, sports management skills and the business relate

Jay Probert, Programme Lead for the Community Coaching Programme, said:

“This award is worthy recognition of the contribution all partners make to ensuring this course the success it is today. Towns and Cities across England and Wales are benefitting immensely from the 30,000+ hours that students are delivering within their local communities and in turn these students are enhancing their personal toolkit to make them highly employable. This award also recognises the innovative “flipped university” approach which we have developed over the past 5 years, allowing this course to be delivered through such an expansive network of partners, non of which would have been possible without the endorsement of the EFL Trust.”

Henry Seaton, EFL Trust Head of Education and Employability said:

“ It’s a well deserved accolade for USW and the staff in the Football Club Community Organisations that help first generation HE students start their careers in community coaching. The EFL Trust is proud to have supported the development of this unique and innovative programme.”

Advance HE came into being in March 2018, following the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Advance HE are focused on supporting the sectors desire to improve its own practice and create ‘safe places’ for the sector to address its challenges without the need for government intervention.’  USW and EFL Trust are delighted to have their work acknowledged in these, the inaugural Advance HE Awards


The EFL Trust and our network of EFL club charities are pleased to be part of One World an ambitious project by internationally acclaimed artist Mark Wallinger to commemorate the 100 years anniversary of the ending of World War One.

One World, is a new work co-commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Inspired by the famous Christmas truce of 1914, when soldiers from both sides emerged from the trenches and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts and play football, Wallinger has taken the football itself as his canvas. He has transformed the football into a globe of the world, taking his inspiration from the celebrated image of the Earth taken during the Apollo 8 lunar orbit on 24 December 1968. Captured at the moment of earthrise, it is an image of enduring beauty, depicting a peaceful planet floating in the vastness of space.

In partnership with organisations including the EFL Trust, Sport England, the Football Foundation, Sport Northern Ireland and sportscotland, a limited edition of the One World football will be released in November to community football projects across the UK, with the simple request to each person to upload their own #OneWorld video in response to Wallinger’s call for action.

Football clubs throughout the country will be using the ball in a variety of projects. From their work with primary school children all the way through to ‘sporting memories’ session for those living with dementia, the balls will reach a wide range of people in communities across the country.

Mark Wallinger said: “It is 100 years since the Armistice was agreed in 1918, and 50 years since the Earthrise photograph was taken on Christmas Eve 1968. One World is my contribution to the legacy of those precious moments – spreading a message of peace for the world. Time to stop fighting and start playing. Playing the beautiful game. Let’s take that image of a precious and fragile world into the future and celebrate the joy of playing together.”

Mark Wallinger is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists. Having previously been nominated for the Turner Prize in 1995, he won in 2007 for his installation State Britain. His work Ecce Homo (1999–2000) was the first piece to occupy the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001. Labyrinth (2013), a major and permanent commission for Art on the Underground, was created to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground. In 2018, the permanent work Writ in Water was realised for the National Trust to celebrate the Magna Carta at Runnymede, and The World Turned Upside Down will be unveiled in 2019 for the London School of Economics.

Wallinger has held solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London, England (1995); Portikus, Hamburg, Germany (1999); Museum for Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland (1999); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (1999); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England (2000); Vienna SeceVienna, Austria (2000); Whitechapel Gallery, London, England (2001); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany (2004); Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2005); Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2006); Tate Britain, England (2007); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany (2007); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (2008); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2010); Museum de Pont, Tilburg, Netherlands (2011); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2012); Serlachius Museum, Mänttä, Finland (2016); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2017); Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (2017); Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy (2018) and Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, England (2018). His work is also displayed in the collections of many leading international museums including Tate, London, England; MoMA, New York, US; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

One World is co-commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


Teens ‘Kickstart’ to be Leaders

15 teenagers from South Yorkshire and Humberside were selected from thousands of applicants to take part in a special programme that will help them develop into leaders of the future. Read more


Young people with disabilities from nine Wigan Borough schools recently competed in the annual Every Player Counts football festival at Wigan Soccerdome.

Hosted by Wigan Athletic Community Trust, the event saw more than 100 children from schools including Atherton Community High School, Dean Trust, Hawkley Hall, Hope, Oakfield, St John Fisher, St Peter’s, Standish and Shevington in attendance at the third year of the festival.


Launched in Wigan by first team stars Will Grigg and Michael Jacobs in 2016, the festival aimed to improve the skills and techniques of participants through a number of inclusive activities before taking part in a football tournament.

The Every Player Counts programme is funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust and administered by the EFL Trust, and aims to get more people with disabilities involved in sport.

Sean Rowlinson, Sports Coach at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “This event continues to go from strength to strength with more and more young people involved each time. The festival this year was a real success and was well received by both participants and schools.  Every Player Counts scheme has seen us work with more than 600 people with disabilities in Wigan, giving them the opportunity to play football and sport, but more importantly helping them to improve their development and confidence, as well as meeting new people.”

The Community Trust engage with schools and colleges across the borough on a weekly basis as part of the programme, and work with the club’s junior and adult disability football teams who compete in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League.



19 teams from different communities across the Wigan competed against each other in the Together Cup before the Latics game against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

Organised for a second consecutive year by Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Wigan Council and Inspiring healthy lifestyles, more than 80 people took part in the event at Robin Park Arena, which aimed to bring under-represented communities across Wigan together.

Supported by Kick It Out, teams included Leigh Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support (LASARS), Support for Wigan Arrivals (SWAP), The Brick, Addaction, Football 4 Forces, Every Player Counts, Leigh Youth Voice Group, RECLAIM project, Hindley Kicks, Global Friends, Place 2 Place, Wigan Mosque, Wigan Youth Zone, Wigan Council, West Bromwich Albion Kicks and Derby County.  Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust said:

“The event was brilliant because not only did it bring communities together, it gave them all an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, while also having the chance to play competitive football next to the DW Stadium.”

Participants were invited to Latics’ home fixture against the Baggies later that afternoon, a game which saw Paul Cook’s side pick up three points thanks to Josh Windass’ second half strike. Councillor Chris Ready, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Neighbourhoods at Wigan Council, said: “The tournament was all about building positive community relations through football, bringing people together and encouraging respect for each other, it was a superb event. He added:

 “There were people involved who originally came from countries all over the world and everyone had smiles on their faces. October is black history month so it’s an appropriate time to provide opportunities to work together to build stronger communities across Wigan.”

Winners of the adult tournament were Leigh Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support, while successful in the junior section were Hindley Kicks.

Giulia Kelemen, 12, originally from Romania but now living in Leigh, said:

“It was hard work but really fun. We started off as strangers but made new friends because it was all about teamwork, so it showed we all have lots of similarities and should all be equal.”

For more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Community Development programmes, please email Steve Eastwood on s.eastwood@wiganathletic.com or call 01942 318090.





EFL Trust to Get Dads and Daughters Active

The EFL Trust in partnership with Women in Sport, Fulham Football Club and the Fatherhood Institute are celebrating after being awarded £118,300 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to help low income families in London get active with their children over the next year. The programme will specifically target dads and daughters in the UK and will replicate a programme which was designed by the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Sport England’s Active Lives Survey[1] reveals that only 54% of adults on a low income and with children are active, compared to 71% of those in higher-income groups. Girls in lower socio-economic groups are even less likely to be active, with half of girls aged 5-15 in families with the lowest household income doing less than 30 minutes daily outside school (Health Survey for England, 2015).  Overall only 26% of girls aged 5 -7 meet Chief Medical Officer guidelines for physical activity outside school. By age 13-15, this drops to just 9%.

Parents often see their role as helpers rather than role models in encouraging their children to be active. Research by the University of Newcastle (Australia) found that fathers are less involved with their daughters than mothers, tend to spend less time with daughters than sons and don’t acknowledge their role in fostering their daughters’ physical activity behaviours.

Sport England has dedicated a £40-million National Lottery funding pot to address this by helping families get active together, and Women in Sport in partnership with the Fatherhood Institute, Fulham Football Club and the EFL Trust is one of 10 to receive awards in the latest round of investments. The fund is a key part of Sport England’s focus on helping young people have an enjoyable experience of sport and physical activity, so they develop a positive attitude towards being active at an early age and continue being active in later life.

Sport England are funding organisations that help families get active together, because parents and close family members can have a big impact on children’s experiences. Parents who are active themselves and enjoy it can encourage positive feelings about exercise and its value in their children. Yet many parents lack the skills or confidence to take part in sport with their children as they fear they cannot keep up. Each of the funded projects will work to address this by building adults’ confidence around getting active with their children, and by providing experiences for families that are enjoyable, convenient and low cost.

With this new National Lottery funding, a programme targeting daughters and their dads, developed by University of Newcastle (Australia) Professor Philip Morgan and his team, will encourage fathers/father-figures to play a greater role in supporting their daughters to develop physical confidence and competence and involve girls aged 5-11 in shaping how their families get active together. Professor Morgan commented:

“By harnessing the unique relationship between fathers and daughters, our programme has been shown to significantly improve the physical activity levels of families in Australia. It is very exciting to be involved in the world first adaptation of the programme and to examine the impact on families in the UK”

Fulham Football club will deliver weekly 90-minute group sessions combining practical and educational activities, the programme teaches girls sports skills through fun games and physical activities and educates fathers about positive lifestyle role-modelling and parenting strategies.

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said:

“This will encourage families to get involved in sport together and increase opportunities for people to get active in their local community. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this programme will have on people’s health – both physical and mental – and how it can help nurture a life-long love of sport and physical activity.”

Mike Diaper, Sport England’s Executive Director, said:

“Parents have many demands on their time and can lack confidence in how to get active with their children. That’s why Sport England is working hard to make getting active or playing sport with your children an easier choice. It doesn’t matter what people do or how good they are, having fun together is what is important and helps ensure children continue to be active adults.”

Ruth Holdaway, CEO Women in Sport, said:

‘We and all of our partners are delighted to have received funding from the National Lottery to fund this important work, enabling us to challenge stereotypes about girls playing sport, and increase fathers’ confidence and ability to act as role models in relation to their daughter’s participation in sport and physical activity.’


Notes to Editors                         

About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active – like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.

About Women in Sport

Women in Sport is the leading charity dedicated to empowering women and girls through sport. Our vision is a society where women and men have equal opportunities. Women and girls are missing out on the lifelong benefits of sport. We want to change this, now, for every woman and girl in the UK. We are the only organisation in the UK that researches sport purely from the perspective of women and girls. We use the insight gained to drive change through campaigns and partnerships.

About the partners

The Fatherhood Institute has delivered their Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) programme to over 7,000 fathers and their primary-aged children in five deprived areas of England for the past 5 years. This includes work with fathers in BAME communities in Bradford, Luton, the West Midlands and London. The charity’s work in diverse communities includes adapting materials and images so they portray and appeal to “someone like me” and are accessible to parents with lower literacy levels or English as an additional language.

Fulham FC Foundation has a strong track record of improving health and wellbeing amongst children and adults in deprived areas of London through its Health Champions programme, which combines educational workshops and physical activity. The Foundation also delivered fanActiv, a health intervention targeting overweight or inactive male football fans.

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 Football Club Community Organisations associated to the 72 EFL clubs. Last year, the network engaged over 1 million people using the power of football to improve health, inspire education, reduce crime, increase participation in activity and tackle many difficult social issues like drug abuse, counter extremism 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 and employability, community engagement and health.

The University of Newcastle (UON) Australia is a research-intensive University focused on improving the quality of life in our regions and around the globe. Our academics, students and staff pursue innovative solutions to the world’s great challenges.

Ranked 214 of the world’s universities, UON is a leader in driving engagement, innovation and impact in areas of national and global significance, including health and medicine, sustainable energy and resources, and the humanities. Recognised for its commitment to equity and excellence in higher education and research, UON has campuses in Newcastle, the Central Coast, Port Macquarie, Sydney and Singapore. UON enrols more than 37,000 students from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on developing the world’s next generation of socially-oriented leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators.


[1] Sport England Active Lives Survey May 2017/18

Jay’s story: ‘I can’t thank Brentford FC Community Sports Trust enough for the support and career pathway they have given me.’

Jay Reza, Finance Officer for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, believes the support he has received from the Bees has been crucial in helping him to overcome depression.

After finishing College at 18 and due to his interest in football, Jay decided to do an apprenticeship with the Trust, with his preference being to gain real life work experience while studying.

It would be a move that would prove life-changing for the 22-year-old.

He said:

“It was fantastic doing the apprenticeship as it gave me the opportunity to specialise in my dream job in finance while also dipping my toes into other areas such as media and marketing.

Through training provided by the Trust, he became a qualified AAT Accountant and was offered a full-time position as Finance Officer.

From day one the staff at Brentford have given me the freedom to express myself and a platform to move up the career ladder.

“This is my first full-time job and I’m really enjoying it, particularly the fundraising part and helping young people to work within a safe and comfortable environment.”

Despite his stellar achievements, it hasn’t always been a smooth journey for Jay having suffered with depression. Discussing his experience of the illness, he said:

“Depression was nothing to do with my job, it was something that just happened at the time. I didn’t really understand what was going on. It was just a sinking feeling where I felt trapped and as if I was going in a downward spiral.”

According to Mind, the EFL’s new official charity partner, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, with Jay describing the support offered to him by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust as vital in helping him to get back on his feet.

“My line manager Jacky noticed that I seemed different to my usual self and spoke to me about it, she encouraged me to see a doctor. The staff were really understanding and gave me time to go to therapy regularly as well as managing the pressure on me during busier times at work.

“I’ll forever be grateful for the support they have given me. It helped me to understand what was going on and believe that it really does get better.”

Looking to the future, Jay hopes to develop his career with the Trust even further.

“I am hoping to get my Chartered Accountant qualification next, which would help to put me on the highest position I can be in accountancy. “I always try and look towards the next goal. Brentford FC Community Sports Trust have been absolutely fantastic in supporting that.”


Mind are the official charity partner of EFL. With over 21 million fans attending EFL matches each season (and 55 million watching on TV), this partnership is a brilliant opportunity for us to promote awareness and understanding of mental health amongst football fans, and to help more people living with mental health problems access the support they need.

Together we are harnessing the power of football to raise awareness of mental health, improve the approach to mental health in sport and raise funds to deliver life changing national and local support.


Text FOOTBALL to 70660 to donate £3 to Mind, and help make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.