Football quick to help its communities during COVID 19 and Klopp’s message to fans
With racing set to go behind closed doors from tomorrow, we’ve discovered some brilliant examples of football clubs who have found creative ways to help their neighbours during this period of cancelled matches.
While over 75% of British racecourses already donate surplus food and flowers to good causes (usually in the case of abandonments), and many will naturally be helping out in their community right now, we’ve collated below some inspiration for how the sport is giving back to those in need.
Donating spare food
Aston Villa FC donated 850 staff-packed lunches to local homeless charities when their weekend game was lost, while Tottenham Hotspur delivered over 1,200 food items to the Felix Project to distribute to local good causes, leftover from what would have been their Sunday fixture.
Staying in touch with older members of the community
Everton in the Community has been texting and calling elderly members of their community, particularly those suffering from social isolation to arrange access to emergency food parcels. Vulnerable fans have also not been forgotten as calls have been made to check on them.
Plans to replace vital bucket collections
Liverpool FC players have pledged support to make up shortfall in donations to help local foodbanks. It is understood that the players have committed to covering all of the shortfalls that we will incur as a results of not being able to hold usual matchday collections at Ainfield.
It is known that this isn’t the first time that the Liverpool players have shown this kind of support and the Liverpool fans have been quick to acknowledge that while the team has excelled on the pitch this season, this kind of gesture is even more important.
Using a platform to help others
Individual footballers are using their platforms to share advice on how to be responsible during the outbreak. Former Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is one of five Valencia players and coaches who have tested positive for coronavirus.
Substituting a matchday pie and pint
Leeds United has urged fans to donate the equivalent of their matchday pie and pint to counterbalance foodbank shortages, raising over £1,000 in just two days.
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp sets the tone for football
On 13th March Liverpool FC Manager Jürgen Klopp released this statement:
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