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Joining in the EFL Day of Action

20 March 2018

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All 72 EFL Clubs - United included - came together on the same day for the EFL's Day of Action to demonstrate the positive impact football can have in changing young people's lives.

From Plymouth to Peterborough, Sunderland to Southend, on Tuesday 20th March, EFL clubs across all three divisions showcased the innovative and ground breaking work they do for people in tackling some of the biggest issues in society across education, health, community inclusion and participation.

Managers and players from the EFL's 72 clubs attended events up and down the country including projects that target mental health, disability and obesity.

Sheffield United Community Foundation hosted an all-inclusive physical activity session, followed by a game of six-a-side Walking Football. The session was attended by participants from SUCF's Walking Football, Mental Health Football and Fans Fighting Cancer (Fans FC) group. The three groups came together to show the inclusivity of football and prove it doesn't matter who you are or where you are from, everyone can take part together!

Fans FC participant Arthur Williams remarked: "Thanks for another enjoyable session, the time and patience you and your team give to us is really appreciated. Bearing in mind the age group you try and train, you have your work cut out. You say standards are improving that's great but keeping fit and healthy and the camaraderie is more important. Keep up the good work and thanks again to you and your team! "

United development duo Harvey Gilmour and Callum Semple attended the session and took part in a Q&A before posing for pictures with the participants.

Gilmour remarked: "It's important that we (the players) support the work that is done in the community especially with groups that need it the most! We hope we can help to inspire people to become more active or increase an individual's confidence."

Another participant added: "I love these football sessions! Since I started it has encouraged me to do more activity like swimming. All of the activity I am doing keeps me busy and my mind occupied. It really helps my wellbeing."


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