11 Oct 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

To coincide with International Day of the Girl, The FA has launched a new campaign – Let Girls Play - which supports their strategic ambition to give all girls equal access to play football in school by 2024.

Backed by Let Girls Play ambassadors Abi aged 17 and Olivia aged 15, along with Barclays’ ambassador Kelly Smith, MBE, the Let Girls Play campaign will inspire and empower communities to make change and unlock equal opportunities for girls to participate in sport.

As part of the campaign The FA will be working with a group of young women aged 14-18 all passionate about making a difference for girls who want to play football – our ‘Change Squad’. As long-standing powerful advocates, they will use their voices to help change long-held perceptions around the sport.

LloydsPharmacy has joined forces with ex-England goalkeeper, David Seaman, and local Rotherham football club, Swallownest FC, in a bid to raise awareness and tackle flu this winter.

Seaman joined Swallownest FC in a training session, as LloydsPharmacy provided free flu jabs to the full team. The awareness driving initiative took place at the Club’s training ground in Rotherham, Yorkshire – a part of the country which regularly falls within the worst-hit areas for cases of seasonal flu.

LloydsPharmacy is also encouraging customers to book their flu vaccine and, since opening its flu booking service at the start of September, it has had over 400,000 appointments, with over half of bookings for people in high-risk groups and eligible for a free NHS vaccine.

As part of their Covid-19 response, The Manchester United Foundation donated £33,000 to The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation’s ‘Safe Play’ project in Battambang Province, Cambodia. The donation went towards funding a safe environment for children to receive education, and to be able to play safely without the fear of being injured or killed by landmines or unexploded munitions that continue to threaten the lives of communities in Cambodia.

The development of the school and play centre will provide a risk-free environment to all those living in the surrounding rural communities and aims to educate local people on areas of nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well a safe area for children to play.

In celebration of the upcoming 10-year anniversary of The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation and Sir Bobby’s 84th birthday, his charity is raising funds for a new ‘Safe Play’ centre in Iraq. The war-torn area of Mosul has been left with thousands of improvised explosive devices placed around the city, greatly impacting the safety of vulnerable children.

England's men will travel to Australia for the 2021-22 Ashes, "subject to several critical conditions being met", the ECB has confirmed.

A statement from the ECB said that "excellent progress" had been made, and that it had given "conditional approval" for the tour, for which a squad will now be selected. No further details were given on the conditions that are still yet to be satisfied.

The Ashes between England and Australia is scheduled to commence on 8 December 2021.

The English Football League (EFL) has announced the launch of ‘EFL Green Clubs’, a new League wide scheme that will help support Clubs across the country to improve their environmental practices and operations.

The scheme sees the EFL joining forces with GreenCode, – the new environmental accreditation scheme born from the work of environmentalist Dale Vince and the team at Forest Green Rovers, who pioneered work at the League Two club – helping it become recognised by the United Nations and FIFA as the world’s greenest football club. 

With the aim to share that expertise across its 72 members, EFL Green Clubs will include an accreditation scheme that will benchmark clubs environmental rating, provide bespoke guidance and practical advice to help clubs implement change and recognise those that excel in this area.