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Community Trust to take part in EFL Day of Action

19 March 2018

Fleetwood Town’s Community Trust will be taking part in a ‘Day of Action’ on Tuesday 20th March at Thornton Primary School – a project linked with the EFL – to demonstrate the power of football.

Fleetwood’s Community Trust will be tackling some of the biggest issues in society across education, health, community inclusion and participation. This initiative helps with awareness in all areas of life and is always promoted throughout the year when out in the local community.

Fleetwood won’t be the only club taking part; all 72 EFL clubs across the country will come together on the day, in their respective areas to showcase the positive impact of football, and how it can help change the lives of young people, and families.

On Tuesday afternoon at Thornton Primary School the Trust will be promoting healthy eating, along with the importance of physical activity and how both work together in creative a healthy lifestyle. The head chef from the club’s Crossbar & Grill will also be in attendance to show healthy eating, and how this can have an impact on the human body.

A number of activities will be taking place along with Active Thornton, which is a 12-week lifestyle program to bring families closer together. Activities such as Challenge for Sports Initiative – an innovative project to encourage adults in drug and alcohol recovery to get back involved in regular sports and physical activity – will be lead by the Trust on the day.

Premier League Kicks, which sees the Trust work with young people aged 11-18 to focus on creating a safe and stronger community within the local area. This links in tomorrow with a game against local side Blackpool at the school, and a group of people heading down to Rochdale where they will participate in a football match to play against selected group the home side. All of this will take place prior to the Fleetwood match against Rochdale.

Ian Lenagan, the EFL Chairman has spoken about the initiative and has said: “Football continues to support its communities seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“Bringing all 72 clubs together on one day highlights the special role the EFL has in society. It has the ability to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of million of people.”

Fleetwood Town Community Trust has grown in the last 12-months and has gone from strength to strength with 20 full-time staff on board, and 12 non-contracted to help with the increased number of projects.

Although the Trust offers many diverse activities, one of their main objectives is to educate people in life skills, promote self-esteem, social inclusion and promote healthy lifestyle, to make a difference.

The hard work and commitment doesn’t go unnoticed in the local area with Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group saying “ The Trust has helped us to enrich the lives of local residents by promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Kharena Cooke – a parent from Thornton Primary - was very impressed by the Active Thornton program that her daughter and her attend, and told the club “We attend every week and have made health changes to our lifestyle through this initiative.

“The Trust do a fantastic job with both myself, and my daughter, and we are hoping that after the 12-week program has finished, the Head Teacher keeps the activities running.

Kharena added: “People need to be more aware and this scheme keeps parents involved and helps make better active and health choices.”

When you look at the numbers involved at Fleetwood Town Community Trust, 13,000 people take part programs throughout the year, with 5,740 being children aged 5-11 in the local schools and over 5,000 booking been made for the soccer schools and sports camps.

We wish all the parents, children and families have a great afternoon on Tuesday with the EFL Day of Action.


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