Over the last 20 months football has played a vital part in helping communities cope with the stress of the pandemic. This weekend we celebrate the efforts all our projects, their staff and volunteers made since March 2020.  

National League Clubs and their charities have been involved in many local initiatives to help alleviate the impact of lockdown and restrictions. They have continued to deliver activities and support partners through this difficult time. Over the weekend of the 12 to 14 November, the NLT and the League are celebrating their contribution.  

As the world learned to cope with COVID 19, our community programmes entered unknown territory. Many chose to continue to reach out and offer local support, exploring new ways of working and helping wherever there was a needThis included grocery and pharmacy delivery, conversations with those isolated at home alone, local newsletters, online coaching sessions and competitions. Each looked at the needs of their community and stepped forward to help. 

Once lockdown and restrictions were eased, they were ready to resume work in schools, run exercise sessions outside and adapt their programmes to ensure sessions could take place safely. In particular, school holiday courses took account of those receiving free schools meals and included food to combat holiday hunger, projects offered 1-to-1 support to combat loneliness, and more activity sessions were programmed to meet demand 

You can read more about some of these projects below: