This week, the EFL Trust National Conference 2021 was back at St. George’s Park, Burton. Representatives from EFL Club Community Organisations came together to celebrate their collective work across the nation.
The conference was hosted by two inspirational young people who have benefitted from EFL Trust programmes, Maya Rajab from NCS and Henry Whitaker who came through the Kickstart Scheme.
Day one of event, featured several key speakers including EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch, was also used to launch ‘EFL Green Clubs’, a League-wide initiative to support Clubs in becoming more environmentally sustainable.
Outgoing EFL Trust Chair John Nixon was first to address those in attendance, and received a presentation from the EFL Chief, on behalf of the League and its 72 Clubs, following a decade of service.
The network celebrated each other’s successes over past 18 months which included a presentation from Clare Martin from Pompey in the Community on their Blue Kitchen Initiative. They also heard messages from funders and network advocates who wanted to express their appreciation of the ongoing commitment of Clubs in their communities.
Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince and CEO Helen Taylor concluded proceedings with an on-stage Q&A, during which they shared best practice advice for others to follow, as the EFL and EFL Trust look to improve environmental practices and operations throughout the network.
Day two of the conference started with Therese Coffey congratulating the network for giving young people opportunities through the Kickstart scheme.
Community Club of the year Port Vale also presented, sharing their story about the response to the pandemic, the legacy of that work and how they structure their organisation and work to maximise how they impact the people in their community.
Most importantly, the network embraced the opportunity to be back together face to face to reflect on the past 18 months, share best practice and look towards a sustainable future.
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