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Bristol City named South West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year

Bristol City will be recognised in Parliament for their outstanding community work, having once again been named South West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year as part of the 2019 EFL Awards.

It is the second year in a row the club has won the accolade, for the exceptional work of the Bristol City Community Trust.

The club will be joined alongside five other regional winners at the House of Commons this Monday (March 4th) to receive their awards with EFL Interim Chair Debbie Jevans, EFL Chief Executive Officer Shaun Harvey and host Hayley McQueen all confirmed to attend.

The Robins will then be put forward alongside the five other regional winners for the 2019 Checkatrade Community Club of the Year Award, which will be announced at the EFL Awards on Sunday 7 April in central London.

Bristol City’s education and employability projects and outcomes impressed the judges this year. The environment created for learning and the commitment of the team to support students beyond their learning experience proved a standout to the panel. The ongoing work of their Youth Council also continues to impress and highlights the importance and potential of young people in our communities.

Bristol City Community Trust Chief Executive Officer, Dan White said: “The team work hard every day to positively affect the lives of young people in Bristol and to get recognition of this is a proud moment for us all.

“This year’s showcase project focused on our life changing Education programme which empowers young people to develop themselves personally, academically and socially in a unique environment based at Ashton Gate Stadium.”

Chief Executive Officer of Bristol City Football Club, Mark Ashton said: “It is a great honour to win the South West Community Club of the year. The fact that we are winning this award for the second year running is a testament to the continued great work that the community team does."

The EFL received strong submissions from a wide range of clubs with the panel marking the applications on the range of projects delivered, their social impact and their showcase projects.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “Football Clubs play such an important part in communities up and down the country so it is essential we recognise their fantastic work.

“This is the third time we have held the Parliamentary event to recognise the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year regional winners and I am once again hugely impressed by the dedication and commitment shown by our Clubs in tackling some of the most challenging issues in society.

“They play an important role in dealing with issues such as homelessness, reducing crime and improving health and education. This life-changing work can make a significant difference to some of our most vulnerable people and is testament to the power of football as a force for good.”

The six regional winners were selected by an independent judging panel including, The Times’ Chief Football Writer, Henry Winter; Clive Efford MP; Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at The PFA John Hudson; The Daily Mail’s Laura Lambert and the EFL Trust Director of Operations, Mike Evans.

For more information regarding the 2019 EFL Awards, visit: www.efl.com.