Newport County AFC and County in the Community are today celebrating EFL Day of Action, where clubs across the country demonstrate the impact football has in positively changing people’s lives.
Throughout this year's Day of Action, we will be championing the brilliant work carried out across our local community.
Newport County AFC's first-team representatives will take part in virtual calls with several local schools to celebrate the day. Defender Mickey Demetriou, midfielder Josh Sheehan and striker Padraig Amond will be holding Q&A sessions with pupils from Maesglas Primary School, Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran and Llanwern High School.
Newport County AFC manager Michael Flynn and defender Matty Dolan will also be present on the We Wear the Same Shirt and walking football Zoom quiz this evening.
This year's Day of Action saw Dolan named Sky Bet League Two's PFA Player in the Community at the 2021 EFL Awards.
The award recognises the positive impact players can have off the pitch and is given to those that go above and beyond what would normally be expected.
Dolan, who is one of three divisional winners across the EFL, has supported and shown an exceptional attitude to County in the Community initiatives over the last 12 months.
Despite the financial and logistical challenges that EFL clubs have faced during the last 12 months, community work has remained at the heart of football, with clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) continuing to provide vital support to some of the most vulnerable people living in England and Wales.
Rick Parry, Chair of the EFL, said: "The way that our clubs and CCOs have adapted to deal with the challenges of the past year is remarkable, responding to the growing needs of their communities affected by the pandemic while also continuing to deliver critical life-changing programmes in towns and cities across England and Wales to people who need it most.
"The EFL Day of Action gives us a platform to step back and take the time to acknowledge the hard work that our clubs are doing in their communities every day of the year.
"Community work delivered by football clubs is without a doubt one of the key mechanisms in helping to address important societal issues with the aim of building stronger, healthier, active, more cohesive communities.
"It’s great to see all 72 EFL clubs, players, managers, staff and participants come together to highlight the power of football in uniting people and working for the greater good."
Stay tuned on Newport County AFC's social media channels throughout the day as we showcase some of the work being undertaken in the community.