First team members turn up at St Sidwell's School to wow pupils
Children from St Sidwell’s Primary School, in Exeter, took part in dodgeball, street-football and a handball shootout as Exeter City joined in with the EFL’s Community ‘Day of Action’.
The pupils had a great time, shooting handballs at Football in the Community’s inflatable target shot, playing quick ‘street-soccer’ matches against their friends or having big games of dodgeball.
The youngsters’ days got even better when seven first team players Jordan Moore-Taylor, Lee Holmes, Liam McAlinden, Tom McCready, Pierce Sweeney, Jake Taylor and Troy Brown turned up to the event along with Exeter City mascot Grecian the Lion.
At the end of their fun-filled afternoon, some lucky children were picked out for putting in great effort in their various games and they received a certificate and a picture with the players.
All children who participated received a matchday magazine which all the players autographed for them.
Overall the day was a great success and all of the children went home with smiles on their faces after a fun, sporting afternoon.
City’s Football in the Community scheme hold events like this throughout the year. However, today’s event was unique as all 72 clubs in the EFL held events like this across the country, to highlight the positive work that is done by all EFL clubs throughout the year.
Shaun Harvey, EFL chief executive, said this about the Day of Action: “EFL clubs play a pivotal role in their communities and what our inaugural Day of Action makes abundantly clear is how this work is having a significant impact, not just on match days but seven days a week, 365 days a year.
“The power of football continues to be used to improve people’s health and wellbeing and provide increased opportunities to develop individuals’ education and career prospects.
“Such important work should be commended and clearly illustrates how EFL clubs and their Trusts are contributing to society outside of the game, achieving tangible results and lasting change.”