‘EVERY PLAYER COUNTS’ MAKING STRIDES
THE EFL Trust’s nationwide disability football programme, Every Player Counts, celebrated its oneyear anniversary by holding a football festival at MediaCityUk in Salford on Thursday, with players and clubs showcasing the programme in front of special guests.
Former England defender Danny Mills, ex-Hull manager Mike Phelan and Bolton striker Aaron Wilbraham were all at the event.
They met participants from Wigan, Fleetwood, Bolton, Coventry and Shrewsbury who have been involved in the programme over the past 12 months, with over 50 players taking part on the day.
Funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust and the EFL Trust, £1.1 million in grants, including almost £200,000 from the EFL Trust, has been donated to the Every Player Counts programme, with 25 EFL clubs currently delivering the initiative across the country.
“Football is the greatest game on the planet, but it is about participation and that is what makes programmes such as this so beneficial,” said former Manchester City defender Mills, who helped launch the Every Player Counts programme a year ago.
In the first year, more than 3,600 participants benefited.