Several football clubs throughout Lancashire have offered their facilities to the NHS as demand on the health service is expected to spike over the next few weeks.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have risen to above 500 in Lancashire, while the death toll in the region stands at 37.
Preston North End became the latest team to open their doors to the NHS, offering the Invincibles Pavilion as a training facility for local health service staff.
Burnley FC have also offered their facilities to the East Lancashire Hospitals Trust.
The EFL, based in Preston, has encouraged all clubs to adhere to government guidelines and to provide support wherever possible.
In a statement, they said:
“EFL clubs are providing wide-ranging support for their communities, including the provision of facilities for medical use and accommodation for NHS staff. Clubs are also supporting foodbanks, transporting medicines and food and telephoning the most vulnerable members of society.”
With NHS services expected to come under tremendous strain in the next few weeks, additional facilities provided by local football clubs could prove vital.