SPORT is the key driver of a lot of the work carried out by The Football League Trust and its 72 community schemes.

Whilst football remains the most popular sport, increasingly schemes are delivering a range of sports such as futsal, rugby, cricket, hockey, basketball, dance and fitness to engage with a broader base of participants and meet the demands, particularly of young people, who want to experience different sports.

Through the Power of Football, the 72 community schemes have taken up the challenge of supporting and raising sports participation, by delivering curriculum and non-curriculum sports sessions.

The challenge of increasing the numbers of people engaged in sport - and sustaining their participation - extends across all generations.

The Football League's 72 trusts now annually engage over one million people in sports participation projects and delivering over 8,000 sports projects locally, including the Kids' Cup and The Girls Cup.

Watford Football Club's Best Project (Bringing Education and Sport Together) spearheaded the initiative to educate through sport, via classroom-based learning and physical activity, so pupils could learn about a range of subjects including nutrition, hydration, fitness and healthy eating.

Player Health Cards were produced to highlight the benefit of regular exercise and healthy eating, with the scheme helping over 3,000 children and 30 schools during the academic year.

Chris Elliott, Deputy Head at Cherry Tree School, Watford, said: "The Best Project lived up to its name and provided the children with excellent sports coaching.

"The first team players who visited the school gave the children an insight into the life of a professional footballer, as well as inspiring the children to aim high and show the importance of sport."

'Sport' is one of four key themes promoted by The Football League Trust, alongside 'Education', 'Inclusion' and 'Health'.