English Premier League (EPL) clubs have come up with a wide range of initiatives to support the United Kingdom National Health Service, charities, and communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
While the pandemic has forced the Chelsea Foundation to cancel its walking football sessions, the foundation is continuing its connection with participants.
Walking football coach Mark Blythe has stayed in touch with players, while the foundation has organised Zoom meetings featuring former Chelsea players Gary Chivers and Pat Nevin.
“Gary was also superb, not only engaging but at times he felt like an old friend and nothing seemed too much bother for him,” Chelsea Foundation walking football participant Vernon Ray told PremierLeague.com.
“It really did give me and many others something to look forward to.
“Giving your time is the greatest commodity one can offer. Chelsea have done this in abundance with ex-players, coaches, staff, etc. and to me that speaks volumes.”
Crystal Palace has delivered over 10,000 meals to vulnerable people and NHS frontline workers during the pandemic.
“We don’t have any support around us, or any family, they’re all back in South Africa. To know that Crystal Palace is providing for us is so nice and it’s such a great help for my family,” said Sarah, a pregnant mother who lost her job at the start of the pandemic and is getting support from The Palace Kitchen program.
Crystal Palace and its Palace for Life Foundation are partnering with the charity City Harvest London for the program – who have delivered over two million meals to people in need since the start of lockdown.
Tottenham Hotspur have allowed several hospital departments to use their self-named stadium.
“We are so thankful to the management at Tottenham Hotspur for this special support they’ve given to the NHS,” ultrasound manager and clinical specialist at the North Middlesex University Hospital Rogers Kalende said to PremierLeague.com.
“But then we had our tour and were shown the spacious rooms where we would have the scanning service. They were beautiful and had all the requirements we needed for the patients. It was ideal.”
Although the Premier League has returned, Tottenham plan to continue allowing these hospital departments access to the stadium, as one of the EPL clubs to support communities during this pandemic.