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Coronavirus: How our clubs continue to show support in community
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Coronavirus: How our clubs continue to show support in community

4 Apr 2020
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See the ways in which Premier League teams and their foundations help local people and health services during the coronavirus pandemic

With football suspended amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Premier League clubs have been helping those in their local communities most in need. 

In consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Premier League is immediately committing £20million to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups.

This includes a direct financial contribution to the NHS and funds to enable clubs to refocus their efforts and develop significant outreach programmes to help communities, including those most in need.

This funding will enable both immediate and longer-term support during the crisis.

Below is a summary of the work that each of the clubs have been doing.

AFC Bournemouth

- Club reach out to vulnerable and socially isolated fans (Full story)
- Easter eggs given to foodbank (Full story)
- Online education/fitness activities for young people (Full story)
- Tickets for NHS staff (Full story)
- Cherries Community donate to two hospitals
- Activity videos keeping people in care homes active
- Supporting schools with kids of key workers
- Helping catering suppliers deliver food to fans
- Online networks set up for vulnerable groups

Arsenal

- Double Club educational materials for home schooling (Full story)
- Staff in regular contact with vulnerable young people (Full story)
- £100,000 given to charities and cars made available to mental health workers (Full story)
- Foundation distributes £50,000 to Islington Giving's Emergency Fund (Full story)
- Club cars taking NHS workers from home to work (More)
- Supporting Job Centre Plus to fill vacancies and with e-learning
- Phone calls to elderly and food collections made
- Digital support for vulnerable young people
- GO And Learn with Arsenal: Free access to language app (Full story)

Aston Villa

- Fresh food donated to local charities for vulnerable (Full story)
- Stadium kitchens providing hot meals to vulnerable
- Phone calls to vulnerable locals (More)
- Donations to NHS for staff wellbeing (Full story)
- FIFA competitions for young people
- Supporting parents of vulnerable young people
- Working with Children's Trust on virtual hub activities
- Online fitness resources for different age groups
- Konsa's Villa fall to Jota's Wolves in FIFA20 match to raise money for children's hospice (Full story)

Brighton & Hove Albion

- Cancer patients helped by online activity programme (Full story)
- Get active: Brighton help fans with home workout (Full story)
- Stay well: Healthy recipes and positive mental health activity
- Keep learning: Football-themed worksheets and lessons 
- Staff and players give elderly fans calls (Full story)
- Match tickets donated to NHS workers (