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Posted Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Youth Council win national accolade

Bristol City Community Trust’s Future Fives Youth Council landed the Best Participation Initiative award at the FA Women’s Football Awards on Friday evening.

Competing against Sunderland and Preston North End’s respective programmes, the Youth Council’s innovative delivery captured the headlines as Mel, Lauren and Grace - three teenage girls who run the scheme - were presented with their award in the capital.

This triumph is the second accolade the Youth Council have received, after the group helped the Trust win the Checkatrade South West Community Club of the Year at the EFL awards earlier this year.

The club’s official charity has worked closely South Bristol Sports Centre to enable the Youth Council to be recognised for their dedication to increasing participation in women and girls’ football throughout the city.

Grace, Lauren and Mel pose for a photo with England Women's manager Phil Neville

Community Trust chief executive Dan White said: “It’s certainly a proud moment for everyone associated with the Youth Council.

“For the three girls to be recognised above and beyond all of the other great community schemes, projects and groups across the country is special.

“It shows the importance of their voluntary work and the impact they have made within their own community.

“All of the Youth Council members have a bright future and I look forward to seeing how they help shape the work the club does in the community for years to come.”

The Future Fives Youth Council programme is designed to deliver projects that remove the barriers females are faced with when playing football, subsequently enabling participants to have access to free football sessions across the community, with over 250 participants currently involved.

The Youth Council group has already 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, developed a Mumball session and hosts a weekly youth disability workshop, all of which are making a substantial difference for those engaging.