Burnley FC in the Community are now an award-winning charity after scooping the Community Club of the Year award at last night’s MBNA Northwest Football Awards.
Held at Emirates Old Trafford, the awards ceremony recognises the region’s best and brightest in the game, both on and off the field. Burnley FC’s official charity was celebrated by a panel of highly respected judges for its remarkable growth over the past 18 months and its commitment to positive change in Burnley and the surrounding areas.
Paying tribute to the hard work and dedication of his team, Neil Hart, CEO of Burnley FC in the Community, said; “This fantastic accolade reflects the passion, determination and ambition of the Trustees and Community staff, who go above and beyond every single day to make a difference in our region.
"We are proud to be a part of such a community-minded club and this phenomenal achievement is not only great for our charity, but for the town as a whole.”
Burnley FC in the Community beat off stiff competition from the Manchester United Foundation, City in the Community and Everton in the Community to claim the prestigious title.
The Danny Ings Disability Sports Project was also given a special ‘Highly Commended’ nod at the event. The project, which works to engage and empower disabled young people in and around Burnley was held up by the judges as an example of an exceptional community initiative.
Burnley FC in the Community is a self-financing, registered charity with a mission to support, inspire and deliver change in communities. Working across the key areas of sports participation, education, health, social inclusion and community facilities, the charity delivers projects in Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, the Ribble Valley and West Yorkshire.
To find out more about Burnley FC in the Community, please visit www.burnleyfccommunity.org.