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Posted Monday, March 5th 2018

City named South West Community Club of the Year

Bristol City will be recognised and celebrated in Parliament for their outstanding community work having been named South West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year as part of the 2018 EFL Awards.

Following the exceptional work of Bristol City Community Trust, the club will be joined alongside five other EFL regional winners at the House of Commons on Monday, March 12th to receive their awards with EFL Chairman Ian Lenagan, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch host Colin Murray all confirmed to take the stage at the event.

The club will then be put forward alongside the five other regional winners for the 2018 Checkatrade Community Club of the Year Award, which will be announced at the EFL Awards on Sunday, April 15th in central London.

Bristol City Community Trust impressed the judges with their Youth Council, a new group of young people that deliver practical programmes to create positive social change in their local communities.

The group has so far been involved in the Bristol clean up, hosted a girls football event, developed and delivered an anti-poverty free football camp, held a free disability holiday camp, a programme to help combat anti-social behaviour, developed a Mumball session and a weekly youth disability workshop.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “EFL clubs are based in the heart of communities up and down the country, often in some of the most disadvantaged areas.  It’s important that we recognise the Clubs that have gone that extra mile to make a real difference to the community they represent which is why the announcement of the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year regional winners is a fitting tribute to the excellent and innovative work that takes place.

“I’m proud to say that all clubs, not just the winners, are at the forefront of helping to tackle some of the biggest issues in society by using the power of the club badge.  

“In 2018 we celebrate ten years of the EFL Trust and in the past decade our clubs have played an instrumental part in transforming their local community, from helping to reduce crime, improving health and inspiring education. Hundreds of thousands of people have been, and will continue to be, positively influenced by the work undertaken in this area seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

Vice-chairman Jon Lansdown commented: “We get to see first hand the positive impact that the work we do has on our local community and that’s the most important thing to us.

“Being recognised for that externally is an added bonus, as it helps to spread our message, recognises our brilliant workforce and enables others to replicate some of our great projects elsewhere to positively affect more lives.

"It’s a proud moment for our staff, our trust and our football club.”

Dan White, Community Trust chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to be named as the 2018 South West Community Club of the Year by the EFL.

“The staff and volunteers have worked extremely hard over the last 12 months and it’s great to see them being recognised for this.

“From our outstanding education provision right through to our innovative youth council projects, we are proud to say the Trust makes a positive difference in our community.”

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

The six regional winners were selected by an independent judging panel including, The Times’ Chief Football Writer, Henry Winter, Team Leader for Faith Engagement, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Hilary Patel, Director of CSR at The PFA, John Hudson, Sky Sports’ Michael Weightman and the EFL Trust Director of Operations, Mike Evans.

For more information regarding the 2018 EFL Awards, click here.

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