“Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.”

Nelson Mandela

Football clubs are at the heart of their communities and our network EFL Club Trusts make use of this privileged position and the power of sport, to unite people from every part of the community.  The EFL Trust is currently engaging with the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to identify how we can work together to help drive forward integration.  We were delighted to welcome Hardip Begol,  MCHLG’s Integration Director to our National Conference in September who recognised the role our network can play in supporting integration.    Here are just a few examples of how football has brought people together in the last year.



Barnsley FC’s Reds in the Community hosted a ‘One World’ Cup to celebrate Refugee Week 







Charlton FC celebrate becoming the first professional football Club to have an affiliated LGBTQI+  by taking part in London Pride 





Two Rotherham Teenagers, Casey and Waj, who met doing NCS with Rotherham United were profiled in the BBC Crossing Divides Series, which looks at the ways in which people connect across the fractures that divide societies