As Christmas in the United Kingdom approaches, Premier League clubs have been supporting their local communities as they continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We look at how the clubs are coming to the aid of the most vulnerable groups in society in their area.
Staff, players and coaches at Man City have donated funds, presents and hours of support to spread festive cheer to those in need across Manchester this Christmas.
They have funded, wrapped and delivered Christmas presents to every primary school child in East Manchester, as well as every child in the care of Manchester City Council.
City in the Community donated 500 three-course Christmas meals and sourced more than 45,000 everyday essential items including clothes and toiletries for local families. Unable to make their annual hospital visits, men's and women's first-team stars have made video calls to young patients who will be in hospital over the festive period.
Our staff, players and coaches have dug deep this December to bring some Christmas magic to the Manchester community with the donation of funds, thousands of gifts and countless hours of support to those that are most in need 💙— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 18, 2020
🔷 #ManCity | https://t.co/axa0klD5re pic.twitter.com/KPWKhXC9g3
"Thanks to the combined efforts of our coaches, staff, our players and our charity, City in the Community, we have been able to make a difference over this festive period and share some City magic," said club chief executive Ferran Soriano.
The Gunners have celebrated the delivery of the 500,000th meal for those most vulnerable in the local community since the start of the pandemic.
First-team manager Mikel Arteta and Arsenal Women manager Joe Montemurro were on hand to welcome the landmark delivery at the club's training ground.
"In an incredibly difficult year there's been a huge community effort, from volunteers on the ground and local charities, to food deliveries and support from Arsenal and others, to bring vital food, medicine and emotional support to vulnerable people in Islington," Islington council leader Cllr Richard Watts told the club's official website.
💬 "We've been working together for about five years. You can't start a partnership in a crisis, but together we can make an enormous difference."— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 15, 2020
❤️ Proud to have played our part in delivering over 500,000 meals to our local community with @H15church and @IslingtonBC
Unable to hold their annual Festive Dash at Villa Park that raises funds for the Aston Villa Foundation, Villans are being asked to get active and charitable over the festive period in other ways.
Supporters can complete run, walk, jog or cycle 10 kilometres before 8 January to raise money that will go to the Foundation's health and wellbeing programmes, which are particularly vital during this difficult time.
𝙊𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙝 𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙢𝙖𝙨...— Aston Villa Foundation (@AVFCFoundation) December 16, 2020
Foundation ambassador @OliverPhelps is here to tell you more about the #VillaFestiveDash! 🦁❄️
Complete 10K, send your evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org and get a limited edition medal!https://t.co/dswb61lzX3 pic.twitter.com/HXE8RIJY38
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Part 4: Clubs' virtual visits bring festive cheer
Part 5: West Ham supporting local community
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Part 7: Newcastle provide families with support