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Clarets Aim For Awards Treble

9 October 2012

Burnley FC nominated in three categories at Northwest awards.

Burnley Football Club is aiming for a prestigious hat-trick in the Northwest Football Awards.

The Clarets have been shortlisted for the Community Initiative of the Year, Best Club Sponsorship Engagement/Partnership and Best Club Marketing Campaign awards.

And former Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez will be going head-to-head with Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste as he looks to retain his title as Northwest Championship Player of the Year.

Off the field, Burnley FC’s Programme for Education, Sport and Society has been nominated in the Community Initiative of the Year award for their work with the Pop Up Farm Programme, which encourages schools to embrace ‘grow your own’  and sustainable living projects.

The University College of Football Business, based at Turf Moor, and Burnley FC is on the shortlist for the award for the Best Club Sponsorship Engagement/Partnership.

And in the Best Club Marketing Campaign category, the Clarets are up against Everton and Manchester City with Clarets Player video ‘Bringing the Boys To You’.

The film, which has won a national Football League Interactive award and was highly commended in the national Football League Awards, featured Burnley players doing every-day tasks in supporters’ homes to highlight and promote the exclusive video content produced by Clarets Player.

The judging panel included PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor OBE, Editor of FC Business, Ryan McKnight, and former FA Chief Executive Mark Palios.

And winners from the shortlists drawn up by them will be announced at the awards ceremony at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s ‘The Point’ on Monday, 12 November.

Special categories on the night will also recognise the Northwest Football Journalist of the Year, Manager of the Year, Goal of the Year, as well as a Lifetime Contribution to Northwest Football and an Unsung Hero Award.

Winners of the Player of the Year awards will be decided by public votes and Clarets’ fans wanting to support Rodriguez, who scored 21 times last season before joining Southampton in the summer, can vote via the Northwest Football Awards Facebook( and Twitter (@NWFAwards) pages.

Alternativey, visit to cast your vote and be entered into a free prize draw to win a pair of tickets for the awards ceremony.

The Awards, which were established five years ago, celebrate the achievements of the region’s 23 professional clubs. For more information and a list of all the shortlisted entries, click on

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