Nottingham Forest Community Trust hosted sessions with community groups at the Forest Sports Zone as part of the EFL Community Day of Action.
Children from Blue Bell Hill Primary School, as well as members of the Broxtowe Day Service and Aspley Methodist Church disability groups and youngsters from the trust’s education programme, took part in sessions this afternoon as part of the initiative.
Richie Holmes, Community Trust operations manager, said: “It is the EFL Community Day of Action which is an opportunity for all the community trusts across the country to showcase the work that they do within their communities.
“It is an opportunity for us to show the diversity of the work we deliver. It is not just football for the best footballers in the city; it is multi-sports for all abilities and age groups across the city and across the county.
“The main theme across all of our projects is inclusion. We don’t like to exclude any ages, abilities, ethnicities or anything. We like to ensure all of our projects, including the football ones, are inclusive to everyone.
“It is important for the football club that the community is aware that it is not just for the best footballers in Nottingham. We offer multi-sports, we offer programmes for disability groups and girls only and it is important that the community understands we have a diverse group of sports.”
All 72 EFL clubs came together for the EFL’s Community Day of Action to highlight and showcase the impact of this work in towns and cities nationwide on Tuesday 25 April.
EFL clubs use the power of football to have a positive effect on thousands of people’s lives in the UK every day, helping participants to improve their lives with programmes focused on health and wellbeing, education, community outreach and much more.
Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive, said: "EFL clubs play a pivotal role in their communities and what our inaugural Day of Action makes abundantly clear is how this work is having a significant impact, not just on match days but seven days a week, 365 days a year.
"The power of football continues to be used to improve people’s health and wellbeing and provide increased opportunities to develop individuals’ education and career prospects.
"Such important work should be commended and clearly illustrates how EFL clubs and their Trusts are contributing to society outside of the game, achieving tangible results and lasting change."