For a second successive season, the Clarets squad have proved themselves to be true champions of the local community by making over 200 appearances.
In a standout 2017/18 campaign, there have also been numerous highlights off the pitch, with players visiting a scope of BFCitC projects and meeting hundreds of children, young people and adults from across the communities surrounding Turf Moor.
Leading the way has been star midfielder Jack Cork, who was recently announced as the club’s PFA Community Champion for the 2017/18 season.
Neil Hart, Chief Executive of Burnley FC in the Community, presented Jack with the award at last month’s Community Day, which was held at the Burnley v Leicester City fixture.
On Jack’s contribution to the community over the season, Neil said: “Jack has made a huge impression on the community in the short space of time that he has been back in Burnley – his contribution has been genuinely outstanding.
“Every time Jack is out and about in the community, he is a fantastic ambassador of our club; kind, patient, respectful and genuinely interested in the charitable work we are carrying out locally.”
Sam Vokes, James Tarkowski, Matt Lowton, Ben Mee, Nick, Pope, Chris Wood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are also players who have proved key ambassadors of BFCitC’s work.
Our manager, Sean Dyche, has also played a key role in supporting the work of BFCitC.
As well as visiting a local primary school at the start of the New Year, the Manager hosted an entertaining Q&A at BFCitC’s recent Charity Dinner that went on to raise £32,000 for the club’s official charity.
Among various community visits, players helped BFCitC to officially re-open Whitehough Outdoor Centre, promoted the Kits for Kids campaign to send donations to Africa, backed BFCitC’s mental health campaigns, Schools’ Healthy Eating Projects, Premier League Primary Stars programme and Community’s Extra Time project for senior citizens.
Hart added: “Role models on the pitch for their impressive team mentality, relentless ambition and infectious spirit, the players have proved themselves, once again, to also be amazing role models off the pitch.
“Their support for our work by the manager and the players is immeasurably important and we thank them once again helping us to enjoy another fantastic season here at BFCitC.”
To find out more about Burnley FC in the Community, please visit www.burnleyfccommunity.org.