Burnley FC in the Community were delighted to receive the Johnstone’s Paint North West Community Club of the Year award at the Football League Awards 2016 on Sunday evening.
Burnley FC’s official charity received the award at the gala ceremony at Manchester Central, which was attended by over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.
This regional award comes as part of a remarkable year for the club’s community department. Formed in February 2014, the club’s official charity has come a long way in just two years.
From a starting point of just three staff members and no funding, the charity now employs over 30 local people and delivers 30 community projects across Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, West Yorkshire and the Ribble Valley.
Over the past year alone, the organisation engaged with an astonishing 35,000 people from across the region. Working with 59 schools and up to 600 disabled people every week, the charity also delivered free sports coaching to over 400 young people per week and 500 girls played football with the charity.
120 young people also completed NCS, almost 700 took part in Duke of Edinburgh and up to 85% of those who took part in the charity’s employability course progressed onto work, further education or training.
Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer of Burnley FC in the Community, said: “To be recognised for our work in the community is fantastic and I want to thank the Football League for this accolade. This award truly proves what hard work, dedication and a can-do attitude can achieve in a short space of time.
“I want to pay tribute to all Community staff and our Trustees, and I also extend my thanks to the manager, the players and club staff for their unwavering support of our work.”