How London Clubs have responded to the crisis
The Coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for London United’s members as they adapt to the ever-changing circumstances of the crisis. However, all London United members, and their respective organisations, have responded to the needs of the local community.
Key achievements of each organisation include:
- Spurs using their stadium as a base for North Middlesex hospital’s maternity services and a food distribution hub with the Felix project.
- Arsenal delivering over 150,000 free meals into the local community. After hearing about the initiative, World Cup winner Shkodran Mustafi felt compelled to also donate over 16,000 meals to Islington Council’s food distribution centre.
- West Ham’s online support for its hugely successful Any Old Irons group (a programme helping to combat loneliness and social isolation in supporters over-60) has continued to thrive with a new Facebook group created for members to keep in touch. This has included player messages, quizzes, tailored workouts, Q&A’s and more. A peer-to-peer phone call scheme has also been set up.
- Leyton Orient’s Trust launching a partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust to help improve patient care and staff wellbeing.
- Charlton Athletic’s Community Trust establishing a community hub call centre with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, which proved a lifeline for vulnerable local residents.
- Along with informative podcasts, physical activity packs and cookery recipes, Millwall’s Community Trust delivered Easter Sports Camps at Conisborough College for the children of key workers.
- At the Palace of Life Foundation, the football club’s chef cooked 1,500 meals each week at Selhurst Park. These fresh and nutritious meals were then delivered by charity partner City Harvest London to frontline NHS workers, elderly and vulnerable people shielding, families facing food poverty and homeless people.
- Chelsea’s Vice Captain Millie Bright surprised female players from the Foundation’s Player Pathway programme by offering advice and pearls of wisdom during their weekly online session.
- Fulham’s official Club Doctor, Justin Yeoh, signed up as a volunteer to help homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine used his medical experience to support vulnerable individuals placed in protective hotel accommodation by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
- Brentford FC Community Sports Trust delivered more than 600 activity packs to local families to help keep them active during the lockdown. The activity packs provided children and young people with fun and engaging activities and were targeted at families who might not have access to a garden or communal space.
- QPR’s in the Community Trust ensured its elderly participants - from its Extra Time hubs - were supported through weekly phone calls.
- Watford’s Community Sports and Education Trust utilised its Premier League Kicks project to engage online with youngsters through fitness classes, dance classes and quizzes.