Noah Dougherty
Friday 06 March 2020

Forest Green Rovers will come together with other EFL clubs on Tuesday, March 10, to highlight the positive impact football has in changing people’s lives and the work taking place to tackle some of society’s biggest issues.

Across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, events will be held by clubs on EFL Day of Action to showcase the very best programmes and activity they deliver in a number of important areas, including diversity and inclusion, education, and health and wellbeing.

The impact of the work carried out by EFL clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) is unparalleled, with more than half a million hours of group activity delivered and over 40 million hours of participation each season.

During the 2018/19 season, almost 900,000 people took part in a wide range of activities across key areas, with clubs and CCOs receiving over £60 million of direct project funding. 

The EFL Day of Action aims to unite clubs and CCOs on one day to celebrate and highlight the impact they have in their communities, bringing together the most unique projects and programmes being run across England and Wales.

Managers and players from the EFL’s clubs will be attending events up and down the country on Tuesday to pay special visits to see participants in action and to provide their support to various projects. 

FGR Community are partnering with Stroud District Council and the South Gloucestershire and Stroud College to host a Premier League Primary Stars Girls Festival. With 23 teams, including 11 schools with female ambassadors competing on the day, this will be the biggest girl’s competition in Stroud.

Prior to the event, FGR Community coaches have delivered a referees training workshop to help upskill the students at SGS College, who will be volunteering on the day as part of their studies.

The winners of the tournament will go on to represent FGR at the Premier League Primary Stars U11 Girls Regional Football Tournament in Cardiff, with the opportunity to progress and represent FGR on a national level. All teams who attend the day have also been invited to come to an FGR match of their choice before the end of the season.

An FGR player and the Green Devil Mascot will be in attendance on the day, supporting the teams and presenting certificates and the trophy.

As part of the Community Day of Action, FGR Community will also be celebrating our FGR Community Ambassador programme.

This season we have 90 Ambassadors from local primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, with students promoting the values and ethos of the club and Community Trust.

As part of their role the ambassadors keep everyone informed of our on-field activities, update display boards, put up posters and distribute newsletters in their schools and communities.

The ambassadors help on match days, volunteering, being ball girls and boys, bringing friends to the club and engage in environmental and educational activities throughout the year.

EFL Chairman, Rick Parry, said: “Our clubs have always had a unique position in the heart of their respective towns and cities and it is important that we celebrate the work they carry out, which improves lives and tackles some of society’s biggest issues on a daily basis.

“The recent study commissioned by the EFL shows that clubs’ work in their communities is happening on a huge scale and starts to place a real value on this work, providing further insight into the impact of programmes provided.

“The hours committed by staff and volunteers at clubs and CCOs, as well as the support from players and managers, demonstrates a remarkable commitment to improving lives up and down the country.”