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7 November 2023

Town Manager visits St Thomas School with Foundation as part of EFL's Week of Action

- Darren Moore spent the morning with the Club’s Official Charity
- Town boss visits Breakfast Club at St Thomas Primary School
- Attends Foundation’s programmes on EFL’s Week of Action

Town manager Darren Moore joined the Huddersfield Town Foundation this morning to visit several of their education programmes as part of the English Football League’s Week of Action.

The annual week allows EFL Clubs and their Club Community Organisations (CCOs) to showcase and celebrate the projects that they deliver in their community. Nationally over 840,000 participants being engaged in EFL Club community activities over almost 580,000 hours across the season.

Moore began the day by visiting St Thomas CE (VE) Primary School, where he met some of the pupils as they attended their Breakfast Club, where the Foundation has delivered to since 2018. Pupils took the opportunity to make toast and cereal for him.

The Town Manager unveiled a special shirt marking the significant announcement that the Huddersfield Town Foundation has served over 2.5 million meals across 40 schools in Kirklees since their inception in 2012.

He then joined the school assembly delivered by Foundation’s Premier League Primary Stars manager Laura Neimantas on the topic ‘What Makes a Footballer?’, touching on characteristics such as resilience, teamwork, and confidence.

Moore then headed to the Community Hub at the John Smith’s Stadium to meet students on the Foundation’s Degree Programme, delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales and the EFL Trust.

Moore participated in a engaging Q&A session with the students posing questions that focussed on his playing career, managerial career and his coaching pathway. He offered the students important insight and advice that they can take on board and into their future endeavours.

Moore was delighted to gain a small insight into the work that Town’s Foundation delivers in Kirklees:

“The Foundation is really important to the Club. Today I went to the area of Ashbrow to St Thomas Primary School because the Foundation deliver breakfast here and has been doing their Breakfast Clubs for over 10 years.

“We have reached the figure of over 2.5 million and they have engaged with over 40 schools in the area which is fabulous.

“I then visited the Community Hub to meet with some aspiring coaches doing a degree and developing a pathway which is great to see.

“It’s important for me to endorse the great work that the Foundation is doing and lend my support to it. As much as it’s about them learning something from me, it’s about me learning more about the work that we as a football club are doing to engage and help people progress in life.”

The Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Siobhan Atkinson commented:

“It was fantastic to be able to showcase our work to Darren today. I know that he has a real interest in the work we carry out in the Community and for him to see firsthand the impact of our work is important.

“For the young people at the school, he provided inspirational words of advice around dedication and ambition and I’m sure they will long remember them. I’m grateful for the time he gave, having players visit any of our work and meeting participants is always powerful.

“It’s magic for the participants and it helps the players remain strongly connected to the fan base who always remain loyal to the team.”

Huddersfield Town Marketing and Communications Director David Threlfall-Sykes added:

“We’re always proud of the work our Huddersfield Town Foundation do, and the Breakfast Clubs have been the backbone of that since the start.

“It’s been a delight to join Darren here this morning, and that’s only heightened by the celebration of hitting two and half million breakfasts served. The staff here at our Foundation deserve a huge congratulations for the work they do in delivering this, and it’s always worth it when you see the smiles on the children’s faces like we have this morning.

“Putting the Club in the heart of our local community will always be a priority of ours, and will continue to be - off the field, this is exactly what Huddersfield Town is about, and that won’t change.”

For more information on the work the Foundation does, follow their social media channels, or you can find out more about the stuff they offer by emailing with an enquiry.

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