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Covid-19, #PlayersTogether and other great football campaigns that may have slipped under the radar

Oliver Huddlestone - 9th April 2020 - 0 comments

With the sporting world at a standstill, Premier League Players launched a collective initiative on Wednesday evening to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative – named #PlayersTogether – has partnered with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) and aims to help those fighting for us on the NHS frontline.

In a move that saw players across the Premier League upload the same statement to their individual social media profiles, the initiative has rightly been placed at the top of today’s (Thursday) online news platforms.

While the players explained they were collaborating together to create a voluntary initiative, separate to any other league and club conversation, it is easy to miss the incredible work being done by clubs themselves to support the most vulnerable people during lockdown. To keep you fully up to date, we have decided to create a mini round-up of all the sporting positivity that may have slipped under the media’s radar.

Whether it be one club’s new innovative idea to keep people entertained at home or a player’s act of support in these unprecedented times, we’ve got you covered.

Best of the Premier League

With the National Health Service at the forefront of everyone’s minds, Burnley Football Club are supporting the NHS by opening parts of Turf Moor to East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. The club’s Elite Training Centre will be available to help deal with any extra hospital capacity in and around Burnley. 

The Chelsea Foundation’s Disability team are making the most of technology and video communication software to host online drop-in clinics. The initiative aims to work with parents on a 12-week personal development programme to keep children active and engaged during lockdown.

2018/19 champions Manchester City have introduced their Cityzens at Home #together campaign to help keep fans entertained from the comfort of their own home. The campaign includes ‘Play and Learn at home’ challenges, colouring in print outs for the kids and even players’ tasty favourite recipes to try for yourself. 

Aston Villa and Wolves have taken to Esports in order to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice. A FIFA 20 match between Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) and Diogo Jota (Wolves) ended 5-3 to the latter and raised £4,145.47 for the charity through a virtual bucket collection.

Manchester United Foundation and football club staff kicked off this week by packaging up 30,000 food and drink items and delivering them to various places across Greater Manchester, including Stretford Food Bank and Salford Royal Hospital. The Red Devils are also part of FIFA, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation’s #beactive campaign that aims to help people stay healthy at home. 

In order to combat loneliness during the outbreak, Newcastle have put a team of club staff in place to telephone elderly and vulnerable supporters who face an extended period of self-isolation. Club legend and ambassador Bob Moncur is among the team calling season ticket holders aged 70 and above, as well as other vulnerable groups, to talk football.

And last but by no means least, Crystal Palace’s official charity, Palace for Life Foundation, has set up an initiative to help keep in touch with young gamers in south London. Palace Pad Chat is a programme where young people can discuss life in isolation with a qualified mentor from the charity.

Snack Media have also launched their Fly the Flag campaign, looking to bring the sports community together to support and donate to Age UK and NHS Charities Together during these difficult times. See how you can help here.

Article written by Tom Smith.

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