For the fourth year in a row, Burnley FC in the Community picked up the Community Club of the Year (Premier League) award at last night’s Northwest Football Awards.
Honoured for the ongoing impact the charity is having across East Lancashire, the Clarets’ official charity beat both Manchester City in the Community and Everton in the Community to claim the award.
Brian Nelson, Chair of Trustees for BFCitC and Burnley FC Director, said: “I am thrilled that Burnley FC in the Community have received this honour once again. For the fourth year in a row, the team are making their mark in the footballing world for delivering their life-changing work.
“I extend my congratulations to the stand-out team we are lucky enough have at Burnley FC in the Community. Our Community department is something for each and every fan to feel proud of.”
Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer of Burnley FC in the Community, said: “We started a journey almost five years ago to wield the power of Burnley FC for good in our town. For this work to be acknowledged at the Northwest Football Awards every year since then is a testament to the ambition, belief and passion of the team.
“Each year, we feel the swell of support growing for our work – it’s so important to us as we couldn’t do what we do without the backing of our club, key partners, businesses, organisations and individuals. This award is for every person who believes in what we do and who are champions of Burnley FC in the Community. I extend my thanks to you all – it’s certainly a proud day for us all.”
Burnley FC in the Community have previously won the Northwest Football Awards’ Community Club of the Year award in 2015 (Premier League), 2016 (All Other Leagues) and in 2017 (Premier League).
Neil Hart and Lewis Rimmer (Disability Development Manager) also picked up the Impact Award on behalf of former Burnley FC striker Danny Ings at last night’s awards. The honour was in acknowledgment of the lasting legacy Danny has left in Burnley via the Danny Ings Disability Sport Project. Through the work of the project, over 800 disabled people access sport every week in Burnley.
In the past 12 months, Burnley FC in the Community has engaged with 27,000 people through its sport, education, health, social inclusion and facilities projects. Investing over £2.5m in local area, the charity uses the power and inspirational status of Burnley FC to create lasting, positive change in communities.
To read in detail about the impact of Burnley FC in the Community’s work, read the charity’s Impact Report 2018 here.