The EFL Trust and EFL joined forces this week to showcase the work of the 72 community trusts of EFL clubs at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
With the Championship Trophy proudly on display, the EFL Trust stand attracted a wide range of visitors, including Government Ministers Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education), Karen Bradley (Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport), Brandon Lewis (Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service) and Rob Wilson (Minister for Civil society) the minister who has overall responsibility for NCS.
Speaking about the conference, Mike Evans, Director of Operations at EFL Trust said:
“Promoting the work of our club trusts and engaging key stakeholders are major strands of our new strategy, and the party conference is a very important stage for us.
“Based in the heart of their communities, the 72 EFL Clubs and their community trusts tackle some of the biggest issues on the Government’s agenda with projects dealing with obesity, mental health issues, and heart disease, that reduce crime, and offer inspiring educational programmes and career opportunities.
“NCS is obviously a key Government initiative that we deliver very strongly on, but a lot of the conversations we have been having with Ministers, MPs and policy advisors this week have been about how we can utilise the unique engagement factor of our club trusts, and their skills in inspiring young people, to provide a fully integrated offer through education, volunteering and training right through to employment.
“Government is looking for innovation in this area, and our club trust network is in an incredible position to make a real difference to young people’s lives.”