Monday 17 October marked the start of the 2022 EFL Trust Conference, as representatives from EFL Clubs and Club Community Organisations came together to celebrate their collective work across the country.

Hosted by NCS graduates Shamza Butt and James Waldron, day one of the event featured several key speakers including EFL Trust CEO Mike Evans, EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch, EFL Trust Chair Liam Scully and Sue Wicks from the British Red Cross.

Kick It Out Chair Sanjay Bhandari, Charlton Athletic Head of EDI Dr Michael Seeraj and Preston North End Community Engagement Officer Mo Patel and EFL Head of EDI Dave McCardle also took part in a panel session hosted by EFL Trust’s Loo Brackpool to discuss Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the game.

The day concluded with a number of workshops hosted by the British Red Cross and the Royal British Legion, as well as a Club Community Organisation’s ‘Hot Topics’ session to discuss key areas of work.

Day two of the conference saw Dr Andrew Furber OBE, Martin Hickerton and Uma Cresswell give a presentation on tackling inequalities and levelling up, which was followed up by Graham Whitehouse from the Ministry of Defence presenting the opportunities surrounding the Armed Forces Covenant.

The conference concluded with a session celebrating the success and impact of Clubs in their communities.