Walsall FC players have been active in the community as part of today’s annual EFL Day of Action.
The day celebrates the work of club community organisations, including Walsall FC Community Programme, and the difference they can mae in their area.
This afternoon Saddlers youngsters Sam Perry and Tom Leak joined players on Walsall FCCP’s Easter Soccer Schools, with a virtual player visit.
The pair answered questions from some Saddlers fans over video call, and also signed photos which were passed on to each participant.
Tom Leak said: “I visited the Soccer Schools a few years ago with some of the other players and it’s always good to see kids enjoying themselves playing football.
“We weren’t able to be there in person this time, but it was good to catch up virtually and answer some questions.”
Sam Perry added: “At that age all you want to be doing is having fun with your friends and the Soccer Schools kids definitely seemed like they were.
“I was at Soccer Schools last year when I was in the youth team, and it was good to meet the coaches and see more of what the Community Programme does as well.”
The Community Programme also supported local charity Walsall Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Association (WRASSA), as part of Amnesty International’s ‘Football Welcomes Refugees’ month.
Community staff presented WRASSA with a ball signed by the Walsall squad, as well as a special commemorative t-shirt. These same t-shirts were worn by the Saddlers during pre-match warm-ups against Tranmere on Tuesday night, raising awareness of the cause.
Adam Davy said: “For the EFL’s Day of Action it has been great to showcase some of our activities.
“From initiatives such as ‘Football Welcomes Refugees’ and the government Kickstart scheme, to our regular sessions like Soccer Schools and Beat the Block positive wellbeing, it’s been a busy day!
“At the Community Programme we’re proud to represent Walsall Football Club, and make a positive impact on people in the local community.”