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Coronavirus: How our clubs show support in community

5 Apr 2020
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See the ways in which Premier League teams and their foundations help local people and health services during the coronavirus pandemic

With football suspended amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Premier League clubs have been helping those in their local communities most in need. 

In consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Premier League is immediately committing £20million to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups.

This includes a direct financial contribution to the NHS and funds to enable clubs to refocus their efforts and develop significant outreach programmes to help communities, including those most in need.

This funding will enable both immediate and longer-term support during the crisis.

Below is a summary of the work that each of the clubs have been doing.

AFC Bournemouth

- Club reach out to vulnerable and socially isolated fans (Full story)
- Easter eggs given to foodbank (Full story)
- Online education/fitness activities for young people (Full story)
- Tickets for NHS staff (Full story)
- Cherries Community donate to two hospitals
- Activity videos keeping people in care homes active
- Supporting schools with kids of key workers
- Helping catering suppliers deliver food to fans
- Online networks set up for vulnerable groups


- Double Club educational materials for home schooling (Full story)
- Staff in regular contact with vulnerable young people (Full story)
- £100,000 given to charities and cars made available to mental health workers (Full story)
- Foundation distributes £50,000 to Islington Giving's Emergency Fund (Full story)
- Club cars taking NHS workers from home to work (More)
- Supporting Job Centre Plus to fill vacancies and with e-learning
- Phone calls to elderly and food collections made
- Digital support for vulnerable young people
- GO And Learn with Arsenal: Free access to language app (Full story)

Aston Villa

- Fresh food donated to local charities for vulnerable (Full story)
- Stadium kitchens providing hot meals to vulnerable
- Phone calls to vulnerable locals (More)
- Donations to NHS for staff wellbeing (Full story)
- FIFA competitions for young people
- Supporting parents of vulnerable young people
- Working with Children's Trust on virtual hub activities
- Online fitness resources for different age groups
- FIFA20 match between Konsa's Villa and Jota's Wolves raises money for children's hospice (More)

Brighton & Hove Albion

- Cancer patients helped by online activity programme (Full story)
- Get active: Brighton help fans with home workout (Full story)
- Stay well: Healthy recipes and positive mental health activity
- Keep learning: Football-themed worksheets and lessons 
- Staff and players give elderly fans calls (Full story)
- Match tickets donated to NHS workers (Full story)
- Donation to homeless charity (Full story)
- Exploring storage of NHS equipment and using car park for testing


- Facilities made available to NHS (Full story)
- Tickets offered to NHS staff (Full story)
- Contribution to campaign for more PPE for NHS staff
- Players call older fans in the community (Full story)
- Phone mentoring for vulnerable young people
- Club to pay all casual matchday and non-matchday workers (Full story)
- Players back community foodbank effort (Full story
- Foodbank delivery service for most vulnerable 
- Activity packs for children, adults and elderly (Full story)
- Foodbank serving bigger numbers with 655 people fed (Full story)
- Staff offer advice to help supporters stay healthy (Full story)


- Hotel at Stamford Bridge offered to NHS staff (Full story)
- Car park offered to NHS staff and local hospital
- Ex-players helping club stay connected with older fans (Full story)
- Online learning resources provided to kids (Full story)
- Online sessions for elderly with ex-players (Full story)
- Equipment and activities packs sent to vulnerable 
- Squad donate to foundation to help vulnerable (Full story)
- Community staff help out at Windsor Foodbank (More)
- IT help to elderly to keep them in touch with family
- Blues to team up with domestic abuse charity Refuge (Full story)

See: Clubs help tackle social isolation

Crystal Palace

- Club and players donate to Age UK Croydon (More)
- Activity education book for young fans (Full story)
- Foundation helping in schools and projects with young people (Full story)
- Season-ticket holders over 70 offered support (More)
- Guidance to fans on physical health (Full story)
- Tips to fans for maintaining mental health during isolation (Full story)
- Club call on fans to support local food bank (Full story)
- Club to distribute 3,000 items of protective equipment to NHS
- Virtual matchday Super Draw raising money for food banks (Full story)
- Phone mentoring for vulnerable young people 
- Wilfried Zaha offers use of flats for NHS


- Club make £50k donation as part of "Blue Family" (Full story)
- Carlo Ancelotti and players phone isolated fans (Full story)
- Blue Family reaches out to ex-players and managers (Full story)
- Digital platform offers education, health and fitness activities (More)
- Everton in the Community (EitC) gives parents guide to home schooling (Full story)
- Theo Walcott's home fitness guide (Full story)
- EitC's home workout (Watch)
- Developing platform to continue mentoring vulnerable young people
- Goodison Park to light up blue for NHS staff and autism (Full story)
- Richarlison and Mina provide support in home towns (Full story)
- Everton supporting foodbank's unprecedented challenge (Full story)

'When times get tough we all stick together'

Leicester City

- Virtual programme to keep kids educated and entertained (Full story)
- Stadium car park and other facilities offered to NHS
- Staff help stack shelves at Co-op (More)
- Virtual football camps with films and tips
- Vulnerable and elderly contacted by postcard and phone
- e-Sports programme for young people
- Staff volunteering for NHS 
- Gift of a Wish scheme provides funds for local causes (Full story)


- Club launch emergency foodbank appeal (Full story)
- Steven Gerrard Foundation supports LFC's Emergency Foodbank Appeal (Full story)
- Reds provide video of exercises and games (Full story)
- Phone calls and "virtual cuppa" with isolated fans (Full story)
- Stewards volunteer to help at local supermarkets (More)
- Volunteers help pack food parcels for vulnerable (Full story)
- Players and Foundation donate £40,000 to food bank

'Use You'll Never Walk Alone to support each other'

Manchester City

- Cityzens@Home providing online activity for all ages (Watch)
- Hospitality facilities offered to NHS for staff training
- Phone calls to vulnerable groups and supporters over 65
- Delivering online qualifications
- Phone mentoring for vulnerable young people
- Family fun and educational activities at home (Full story)
- Manchester clubs donate £100,000 to food banks (Full story
- Surplus food donated to local charities (Full story)

Manchester United

- City and United unite to donate to local food banks (Full story)
- Discussing NHS use of club car park and training ground
- Free parking for NHS staff staying at Hotel Football
- Academy Doctor returns to NHS and staff volunteering
- Schools supported with activity
- Weekend and holiday provision delivery for NHS staff’s children
- Food parcels provided to local foodbank
- Club legends involved in providing asset list for NHS
- Calls to all over-70s season-ticket holders
- Food provided for local hospitals
- Linking people to employment opportunities
- Engagement plans for vulnerable young people
- Club to protect casual workers' earnings (Full story)

Newcastle United

- Unemployed young people secure key worker NHS/care roles with Foundation (Full story)
- Work delivered under "United as One" banner
- Stadium car park used by hospital staff
- Memory bundles produced for dementia project
- Supporting those not in work into finding jobs
- Online fun and educational activities (Full story)
- Online health and wellbeing support for adults
- Activities for vulnerable young people
- +1,900 fan phone calls to combat loneliness (Full story)
- Urgent food supplies delivered to 2,000 children (More)
- Matchday food donated to foodbank (Full story)
- Mental health initiative reaches 1.8m people online (Full story)

Norwich City

- Players and staff to donate to local causes (Full story)
- Club ask fans to nominate "community hero" (Full story)
- Home workout with Canaries' head of performance (Watch)
- Working with local papers' "Here to Help" campaign
- App to provide fans activities and education resource (More)
- Residential facilities provided to NHS staff
- Phone calls to over-55 "Extra Time" participants
- Support for vulnerable young people and their families
- Staff and players call season-ticket holders aged +70
- Support for vulnerable young people and their families
- Staff collect and deliver food for vulnerable
- Fan leaflet offers support for vulnerable (Full story
- Chaplain runs marathon to raise money for local relief effort (Full story)

See: Clubs show you how to stay fit at home

Sheffield United

- NHS using stadium car park
- #StepitupSheffield fitness campaign getting locals to stay active (More)
- Online challenges for all ages
- Brian Deane urges fans to stay home, save lives (More)
- Support for "Fans Fighting Cancer" participants
- Hand sanitisers distributed to local care homes
- Staff volunteering for NHS


- #SaintsAsOne campaign offering all-round care (Full story)
- Club medical staff supporting NHS
- Easter soccer schools for children of key workers
- Exercise resources distributed to elderly
- Saints Foundation launches helpline (Full story)
- Local prescription delivery service
- 1,000 cooked meals distributed per week
- Video calls to vulnerable young people
- FIFA competition for young people
- Online exercises shared with elderly people (Full story)
- Chase the rainbow: Saints encourage young fans to brighten people's day (Full story)

Tottenham Hotspur

- Alderweireld donates iPads to hospital (More)
- Stadium used by local council, authorities and NHS (Full story)
- Mourinho visits Age UK to pack supplies (Full story)
- School of Spurs launched for children (Full story)
- Club doctor seconded to NHS for three months
- Spurs@Home campaign launched (More)
- Employment advice and online courses offered
- Online sessions for cancer recovery patients and the elderly (Full story)
- Support online for vulnerable young
- Supporters Trust offers assistance to fans aged over 70
- Supporters clubs globally raising funds for local charities
- Shape up with Spurs (Full story)
- Stadium illuminated in blue to support NHS (Full story)
- Supplies donated to foodbank (Full story)
- Rose makes donation to hospital (More) and sends hundreds of pizzas (More)


- Hornets At Home: Your chance to help (Full story)
- Training films created for young people
- Players, manager and staff calls to older and vulnerable fans
- Staff volunteering to support local hospital
- Activity packs include educational, fitness, mental wellbeing and fun activities
- Friends Afar scheme connects supporters worldwide
- All facilities offered to local hospital (Full story)

West Ham United

- Mark Noble donates fee to foodbank
- First-team fitness coach hosts "Keep fit with West Ham" (Full story)
- West Ham proud to launch Hammers At Home (Full story)
- Workout and mental wellbeing videos 
- Delivering food and toiletries to food banks (Full story)
- Online Facebook forums to connect with most vulnerable fans
- Players help with call system for "Any Old Irons" (Full story)
- Quizzes and Q&As with ambassadors/club legends 
- Resources, e-workshops and lesson plans provided
- UEL degrees continuing through online learning
- Supporting Show Racism the Red Card's campaign around increase hate crime on Chinese people
- Second Curve consortia to provide business support for local charities
- London Stadium displays NHS logo in support (Full story)
- Mental-health tips from West Ham United Foundation (Full story)
- Tell us about your Hammers Heroes (Full story)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

- Wolves Wishes provides birthday messages for people unable to celebrate with family (More)
- Club legend Steve Bull calls older fan (More)
- Foundation arena donated to help council aid vulnerable (Full story)
- "Wolves at Home" to keep in touch with vulnerable (Full story)
- Protective equipment donated to city of Wolverhampton (Full story)
- Prescription and grocery collection for vulnerable fans
- Food stocks donated to homeless charity
- Online support for vulnerable participants
- FIFA competition for young people
- FIFA20 match between Konsa's Villa and Jota's Wolves raises money for children's hospice (More)

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