Clubs come together with communities during coronavirus outbreak

Football clubs across the Midlands have been reaching out to their communities and spreading the word of Government safety guidelines in a show of support for one another during the coronavirus outbreak.

So, how’s your club helping those in need?

Nottingham Forest

The club have donated 1,000 carrier bags and 500 food containers to homeless charity Framework to help them distribute food and necessary items around various homeless hostels across the city.

Their midfielder, John Bostock, has also been busy, recording a bedtime story for fans on social media. It's for NHS workers to play to their children in case they're too tired to read to them themselves.

Birmingham City

Birmingham City are giving a special thanks to supporters who either work or volunteer for the NHS. They are sharing the stories of their NHS fans on the club's social media pages, paying tribute to the work they are doing.

Birmingham City FC Community Trust has pledged to support its partner schools during the period of mass school closure. The Trust will continue to deliver its numeracy and literacy programmes along with fun and activities, free of charge, to assist with those schools who are remaining open.

Leicester City

The Foxes say they will "continue to offer support to partner schools through activities for vulnerable young people and children of key workers".

They have also been catching up with their fans over video calling. The players have been talking to LCFC TV and it's been shared on social media. Player Marc Albrighton says he's doing a lot of homeschooling with his children.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

The arena that belongs to the Wolves Foundation is being used as part of work to deliver food to around 33,000 vulnerable people in the city.

Wolves legend, Steve Bull and other ex players have been calling up elderly fans to check up on them and make sure they have everything they need.

Fans in China have been giving tips to the community on how to stay healthy and occupied during self isolation.

The club’s ownership group, Fosun, have donated thousands of items of protective equipment for the city's hospital and health teams dealing with the virus.

Derby County

Manager Phillip Cocu urged football fans to obey the government's COVID-19 guidelines, ending his video message with the words "stay safe".

Burton Albion

The Brewers are making one of the suites at the Pirelli Stadium available for midwives at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) to offer expectant and new mums care closer to their homes.

West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies are calling 1,800 season ticket holders over the age of 70 for a catch up and a casual chat for those that may be lonely during these times.

Parcels full of food and essentials for those who are based at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust have also been delivered.

Notts CountyThe Magpies’ management and first-team squad have been making phone calls to supporters in need of a pick-me-up.

The club has also launched a campaign to encourage fans to 'pre-order' packages and experiences for next season, with 10% of all monies going towards a crucial local charity in Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Aston Villa

Spaniard, Jota, is taking part in a series on social media on behalf of the club to teach fans of all ages some basics of different languages for fans to do at home.

Villa also donated large amounts of fresh food to charitable food distributors last month.

Stoke City

Goalkeeper Jack Butland has echoed the government advice with a message on Twitter.

Elsewhere in football, Premier League players are coming under pressure to cut their wages during the covid-19 pandemic.

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