Yesterday's EFL Day Of Action was deemed a great success by Town and EFL representatives
Yesterday was the EFL's Day of Action and Shrewsbury Town in the Community were showcasing sessions from a wide spectrum of projects to some special guests. #EFLDayofAction
Head of Shrewsbury Town In The Community Jamie Edwards spoke to Shrewsweb about the day and what it involved.
"We have a showcase of all of our projects going on at the Community Football Hub. We've got our disability section and Shrewsability playing with three of the first team players which is fantastic for them.
"Next door, we've got the education programme which Andy Jones leads. We've also got our walking footballers and cancer rehabilitation programme. We've also had some special guests visit us to see some of the special work that we do.
"The more we can get the word out of what we do the better. We're more than just a football club that plays on a Saturday afternoon. It's giving us a national platform today.
"It's been great to see the players enjoying themselves as well. It's not a chore for them to come down, they're fantastic. It is great for aspiring young players to see what the first team players are doing.
"I think football clubs are a pillar of the community. They are certainly at the centre of it. Somewhere that attracts thousands of people on a Saturday has an obligation to give back to its community and we have the power and the brand of the football club to make a difference
CEO Brian Caldwell also gave his thoughts on the day's proceedings.
"Shrewsbury Town In The Community is very active with more and more participants in every age group." Said Brian. "Today just showcases a small part of what we're actually involved with in the local community.
"The community department has grown dramatically over the last few years since Jamie has come on board. We have a very wide range of facilities now including the old Power League that they now have as the Community Hub. We have the Community Pitch and the facilities at Ludlow as well.
"It's important for us for the management and players to buy into the community. Sam's very keen to get involved which is great for the football club. It's also great for the people of the community to meet the players as well."
Sam Ricketts was also delighted to be in attendance.
"It's really important everyone can come together at the football club and enjoy football and sport," said Sam. "It can sometimes go unnoticed because the first thing anyone looks at is the scores on a Saturday.
"This is just as important, giving people something to do whether that be walking football or whatever it is, it's really important that everyone has a sense of unity with the club.
"As a club, the players go to a lot of appearances, whether it be giving awards out at school or taking part in local activities like walking football. it's important as players and myself as a manager that we come down and see what's going on.
"We have to be part of what the club are doing and everything involving the club includes the local community, so it's important that we're all united.
"We have tremendous support on a match day, so it's important we come back and make the effort on a regular basis."