Daniel Thompson, 18, of Burnley, has been named as Burnley FC’s Community Captain in recognition of his incredible journey, and his involvement in the Burnley FC in the Community ‘Disability Sport Project, over the last six years. His growth in confidence and participation, as well as his energy, enthusiasm and zest for life makes him a great ambassador for what the programme is all about.
The Community Captain accolade is being given to more than 100 members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution to their club and local community, as part of the Premier League’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
Daniel received the accolade at The Leisure Box, Brierfield. He received a PL30 Community Captain armband and pennant and was joined by the Charity’s CEO Dr Sara Ward, Dr Yasara Naheed, Trustee as well as local MP Antony Higginbotham to be commemorated.
Participants taking part in the Summer Activity Camps also came up to get pictures with the coveted trophy.
It was a fantastic day to highlight the community and celebrate patrons like Dan, who is a perfect example of why BFCitC runs projects including Disability Sport, to name but a few.
Harry Pate, Disability Sport Project Co-Ordinator, who presented the Community Captain award, said: “It was great to be able to present Dan with the award and recognise his personal development across the 6 years he has spent with us. Dan has been on a monumental journey where he has turned from a boy to a young man.
He has a vibrant personality, which is one that brightens up the sessions for all involved and will make him a great community captain. The accolade is one he is very worthy of and a great initiative to celebrate 30 years of The Premier League.”
Upon receiving the awards, Dan said “I was very proud to be chosen as Community Captain and would like to say thank you to Harry and all the amazing staff at Burnley FC in the Community. I love attending the sessions and being involved. I hope the sessions continue for a long time.”
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “As we mark 30 years since the Premier League first kicked off, it is important we celebrate the unsung heroes who deliver brilliant work in their communities. These people – whether they are participants, coaches, volunteers or long-time employees – are the lifeblood of their clubs and their communities.
“The continued success of Premier League football enables us to provide unprecedented investment in communities and wider football. As we look to the future, we are committed to investing more than ever, to help develop the game and provide opportunities to people of all ages.”
The Disability Sport Project is supported with Premier League funding to run multiple sessions throughout the week. The project is an inclusive space to empower those with disabilities to participate in a variety of sport and activities, ranging from football to dance.
Across England and Wales, Premier League investment supports the community organisations of all 92 Premier League and English Football League clubs, plus the 68 National League clubs.
Over the next three years, the League will continue its world-leading levels of support by contributing £1.6 billion to communities and the wider game.
During the Trophy Tour, the League will be announcing new financial commitments to benefit fans and communities. This includes increased investment into the Premier League Fans’ Fund, with £5m available to support fan engagement projects across the top four divisions of the football pyramid. The League is also investing an additional £13.5 million into the Football Foundation to create small-sided pitches in the heart of communities that need them the most. The tour will also give an opportunity to highlight new Premier League investment into women’s and girls’ football, including the Emerging Talent Centres announced earlier this summer.
To find out more, please visit premierleague.com
For more information on the Premier League Trophy Tour please contact: PL30@freuds.com