Joe Lumley and Grant Hall took time out of their schedule to surprise children at Egglescliffe Church of England School this week.

The duo visited the school as part of the EFL's Week of Action.

The pairing took part in an MFC Foundation anti-racism session before joining another group on the sports field for football training and a question and answer session.

For the second time in three years, Boro were named the EFL's Community Club of the Year for the North East and Yorkshire yesterday, and with COVID restrictions now eased, the Week of Action presented an opportunity for players to visit the school this week.

Using the power of football, EFL Clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) collectively invest over £59m in their communities every year, engaging with some of the most vulnerable members of society.

In 2021, EFL Clubs and CCOs were recognised at both the Leaders Sports Awards and Sports Business Awards for the important and unique role they played in supporting their local communities during the pandemic.

Rick Parry, Chair of the EFL, said: “EFL clubs are embedded in the towns and cities from which they take their name and this bond is strengthened by the life changing initiatives they run across England and Wales every single day. The EFL Week of Action is an opportunity for us to celebrate this invaluable work and demonstrate the remarkable difference clubs have on their communities away from the pitch.”

Liam Scully, Chair of the EFL Trust, said: “Clubs’ work in their communities happens on a huge scale day in day out and directly aligns with priorities for the people in our communities both locally and on a national scale.

“The hours that are committed by our club and community Organisation teams and volunteers demonstrates an unwavering commitment to improving lives up and down the country and building stronger, healthier more active communities.”