EFDN welcomes EFL Trust to the Network!

4 December 2023

EFDN welcomes EFL Trust to the Network!

We are delighted to announce the EFL Trust, the English Football League’s charitable arm, as our newest member of the network. Two weeks ago, their Director of Business Development, Andy Snell was present at the 20th EFDN Conference in Athens, where he gave a presentation about the growing importance of public and private sector CSR partnerships of club community organisations. We spoke with Andy about the EFDN Membership of EFL Trust.

The EFL Trust was established in 2008 to oversee the remarkable and diverse work of EFL’s Club Community Organisations (CCOs). By joining EFDN, the EFL Trust hopes to share information on their award-winning Governance Framework, CCOP, and their Community Impact Report as well as their Environmental Sustainability Strategy and learn from the best practices across Europe.

Their vision: to help create ‘Stronger, Healthier, More Active Communities.’

EFL Football Clubs are based in the heart of 72 communities located all across the country.  Over 47.6 million people live within 15 miles of an EFL Club and over 40.4 million lived within 10 miles. This represents 80% and 68% of the population of England and Wales respectively. The Clubs’ associated Community Organisations use the power of football and the affinity people have to their team, to deliver a wide range of community initiatives focusing on raising people’s aspirations and quality of life.

The EFL Trust’s core purpose is to support all the CCOs in our network to help them achieve their collective vision.  They have established a reputation working with both commercial partners and on government contracts to successfully deliver a range of services. They focus on:

  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Raising aspirations and realising potential
  • Building stronger, more cohesive communities

Collectively the network engages with over 840,000 participants every year. It is estimated that EFL Clubs and CCOs generated a total of £865,196,135 of social value across their full range of community initiatives.

The EFL Trust’s mission is to advise, support, represent and resource the network of EFL CCOs. As part of this mission the Trust aims to support the network by securing programmes for CCOs to deliver significant impact in their communities. You can find out more about their programmes here What we do at the EFL Trust

You can also click here to find out more about the EFL Trust’s 2019-2024 Strategy

Hubert Rovers, CEO of EFDN: “I’m delighted to announce the EFL Trust as a new member. The EFL Trust brings together and supports the Club Community Organisations of 72 English Clubs which have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of their local communities across the country. The EFL Trust has a proven reputation working with both commercial partners and on government contracts to successfully deliver a range of services and to help building stronger, more cohesive communities. I’m sure we will benefit of the knowledge of each other and increase the reach and impact on the communities together.”

Photo by Michael Zemanek/Shutterstock – Utilita Kids cup Final Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday, EFL Sky Bet League One, Play-Off Final, Football, Wembley Stadium, London, UK – 29 May 2023
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