Premier League clubs come together to show their appreciation for the NHS with applause to key employees before matches ahead of the health service’s 72nd birthday
- Premier League clubs applaud NHS and key employees for their matches
- The opportunity is to thank the key people for their efforts during the pandemic
- It is also held to celebrate 72 years since the NHS was founded in 1948
Premier League stars and competition officers showed their appreciation with applause to NHS staff and other key employees before kicking off for the 72-year anniversary of the health service.
As part of the ‘Thank You Together’ initiative, all this weekend’s Premier and English Football League matches will be preceded by a brief round of applause to thank the NHS and key staff who kept the country going during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Covid-19 outbreak is the biggest challenge the health service has ever faced since it was brought to life in 1948.
Football games are preceded by a brief applause to thank the NHS
It is to thank the NHS for their efforts during Covid-19 and to celebrate their 72nd birthday
Millions of employees have worked tirelessly to care for the many affected by the virus.
As the NHS celebrates its birthday on Sunday, stars from all over the world from cricket and rugby will also join the applause at 5pm.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker said, “It is great to see football, along with cricket and rugby, come together with the NHS on his birthday to thank all the key employees with one big final nationwide hit.
“So, raise a glass at 5 p.m. on Sunday, have a cup of tea or, I dare say, watch football with your neighbors, friends or relatives.
“Applaud to all those who work so hard and sacrifice so much to keep us all going during this time.
“But think of how we can all help get together and start building even better communities and a country we can be even more proud of.”
Norwich’s defeat to Brighton was the first Premier League game to receive the applause
NHS Director Simon Stevens welcomed the opportunity and thanked those who maintained the country during the crisis.
He said: “As sport returns to our national lives after this difficult period of exclusion, it is both fitting and welcome that some of our elite sports stars help thank the frontline NHS staff who were on the cutting edge of the great response from our health service on coronavirus. ‘