Burnley FC in the Community staff were delighted to accompany volunteer coach Joe Skinner to the British Olympic Association as he received an award at the Torch Trophy Trust 54th Annual Presentation.
The event was attended by Torch Trophy President Sir Bobby Charlton CBE and trustee Sir Trevor Brooking CBE.
Also joining proceedings was guest of honour HRH the Earl of Wessex Prince Edward who presented the awards on the evening to recognise the outstanding achievements of the unsung heroes of sport, volunteers.
The Torch Trophy Trust was established in 1962 and ever since the trust charity has provided vital financial support and recognition to volunteers across the sport and recreation sector.
The ceremony is a chance to celebrate volunteers who ensure that sports functions and thrives and sports clubs stay afloat, providing the coaching and consistent support that’s needed to inspire the nation’s youngsters.
Volunteer coach and avid Burnley FC fan Joe, 17, was nominated for the award by Burnley FC in the Community and the Premier League for his contribution to the Danny Ings Disability Sport Project. Joe first became involved with Burnley FC in the Community when following a match, former Burnley striker Ings gave him his boots.
Since then, Joe has supported both Danny and Burnley FC in the Community to set up the Danny Ings Disability programme which helped to develop Burnley’s disability provision. Joe has been at the forefront of the programme since its inception helping to lead and mentor younger less confident participants.
Danny Ings and Joe Skinner have worked together since 2013
The Torch Trophy Trust Award is a true reflection of Joe’s selfless and kind nature, as an advocate for Burnley FC in the Community’s disability projects he regularly delivers disability awareness presentations and inspires those with a disability to get involved in sport.
He is also a member of the Burnley FC disabled supporters group and spearheads a campaign to review stadium access to ensure that all disabled supporters have a positive experience when attending matches at Turf Moor.
Joe attended the awards ceremony with mum Bernadette Skinner and Burnley FC in the Community Disability Development Officer Lewis Rimmer.
Lewis said: “It was such an honour to accompany Joe and Bernadette to London for the awards ceremony.
"Joe is so deserving of his award, the passion and commitment he has for the Danny Ings Disability Project is fantastic to see. Myself, the whole team at Burnley FC in the Community and Danny himself are all incredibly proud of him.”
Joe said: “Attending the Trophy Trust Awards was a great experience for me, it was overwhelming to be in the same room as Sir Bobby and Sir Trevor and to share in conversations with them and Prince Edward. Overall it was truly humbling and I’m honoured to receive the award. It was a great day.”
To find out more information about Burnley FC in the Community’s disability programme contact Lewis Rimmer on 01282 704 716 or email L.Rimmer@burnleyfc.com