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Westminster Setting For Special Community Event

16 December 2016

World-famous Westminster was the setting for a prestigious event hosted by Burnley FC in the Community this week.

The event, Back in the Premier League - Investing in Communities, aimed to highlight how the Clarets' return to the Premier League has allowed for investment in the communities surrounding Turf Moor, via Burnley FC's official charity, Burnley FC in the Community. The event was sponsored by Burnley FC season-ticket holder, Julie Cooper MP, and was supported by the Premier League.

Held in the historic Churchill Room in the Houses of Parliament, the early afternoon event was attended by many esteemed guests including Tracey Crouch MP and Andrew Stephenson MP, Burnley FC Directors Brian Nelson and Barry Kilby and CEO of the Professional Footballer's Association (PFA), Gordon Taylor OBE.

A showcase and celebration of the vast scope of the charity's work in East Lancashire, the afternoon's activities included presentations by Neil Hart, Burnley FC in the Community CEO, Julie Cooper MP and interviews with a group of young people - including volunteer coach Joe Skinner and work experience student Max McNulty - who are involved in the charity and had made the trip to the capital to tell their amazing stories.

Neil Hart, CEO of Burnley FC in the Community said: "This was an opportunity for us as a charity and for the young people we work with to really tell our story on a huge platform. It was fantastic to put our great town on the map in this way and allow so many people to hear the remarkable stories of the special young people we work with. I'd like to extend my thanks for the unwavering support of our local MP and fellow Claret, Julie Cooper MP, and of course to the Premier League for getting behind the work of our charity. Thanks also to all the individuals who took time out of their busy schedules to support our event."

Julie Cooper MP said: "It was great to host Burnley FC in the Community at Westminster and help offer this opportunity to showcase their excellent work. They are making an impact every day and the organisation is a real credit to our town."

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