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25 April 2017

The club's charitable arm is supporting the EFL's initiative.

Albion in the Community and Brighton & Hove Albion are delighted to support today’s EFL Community Day of Action.

All 72 EFL clubs are joining together today to highlight the work being done in communities up and down the country by club community schemes and charities.

Around £50million is invested in local communities each season by the EFL Trust and club community schemes – including AITC here in Sussex.

The Seagulls’ official charity has worked with more than 30,000 people over the last 12 months and now runs 59 different programmes.

AITC is the largest provider of disability football in the area; works with more than 130 local schools; provides 40 regular free football sessions in some of the most-deprived parts of Sussex; helps hundreds of people gain nationally-accredited qualifications; and runs an array of soccer schools, after school clubs and football development centres.

It also has a thriving health team that not only delivers vital health messages to Albion fans and other locals, but is also helping a growing number of people adopt healthier lifestyles. Another programme is helping people remain active during and after cancer treatment.

The support of Brighton & Hove Albion and the club’s fans is vital to AITC’s success. The charity counts Albion first-team players, David Stockdale and Liam Rosenior among its official ambassadors, while a number of AITC’s sessions take place either at the American Express Community Stadium or the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.

Seagulls fans are also among AITC’s most-committed fundraisers – helping generate vital funds for the charity.

Shaun Harvey, EFL chief executive, said, “EFL clubs play a pivotal role in their communitie,s and what our inaugural Day of Action makes abundantly clear is how this work is having a significant impact, not just on match days but seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“The power of football continues to be used to improve people’s health and wellbeing and provides increased opportunities to develop individuals’ education and career prospects.

“Such important work should be commended and clearly illustrates how EFL clubs and their trusts are contributing to society outside of the game, achieving tangible results and lasting change.”

To find out more about the work being done by AITC, follow the charity on Twitter at @AlbionintheComm.

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