Rochdale today join Football League clubs throughout the country in celebrating the EFL's Day Of Action.
This annual celebration highlight's the positive impacts of football in changing people's lives throughout the country.
Calvin Andrew was today named the 2020 PFA's League One Player In The Community for his work with the Dale In The community Sports Trust throughout his time at Rochdale AFC.
The Community Sports Trust holds various events each week for different local groups, encouraging everyone to get involved in football regardless of their backgrounds.
Across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, various activities will be held by all of the clubs on EFL Day of Action to showcase the work being done to tackle some of society's biggest issues, paying attention to the very best programmes and projects being delivered in a number of key areas, including diversity and inclusion, education, and health and wellbeing.
The impact of the work carried out by EFL Clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) is unparalleled, with more than half a million hours of group activity delivered and over 40 million hours of participation each season.
During the 2018/19 season, almost 900,000 people took part in a wide range of activities across key areas, with Clubs and CCOs receiving over £60 million of direct project funding.
The EFL Day of Action aims to unite Clubs and CCOs on one day to celebrate and highlight the impact they have in their communities, bringing together the most unique projects and programmes being run across England and Wales.
EFL Chairman, Rick Parry, said: “Our clubs have always had a unique position in the heart of their respective towns and cities and it is important that we celebrate the work they carry out, which improves lives and tackles some of society’s biggest issues on a daily basis.
“The recent study commissioned by the EFL shows that clubs’ work in their communities is happening on a huge scale and starts to place a real value on this work, providing further insight into the impact of programmes provided.
“The hours committed by staff and volunteers at clubs and CCOs, as well as the support from players and managers, demonstrates a remarkable commitment to improving lives up and down the country.”