Clarets land ‘community club of year’ accolade

Winners of the Community Club of the Year - North West Burnley staff with their award at The Football League Awards 2016
Winners of the Community Club of the Year - North West Burnley staff with their award at The Football League Awards 2016

Burnley has been recognised for its work in the community after receiving the Johnstone’s Paint ‘North West Community Club of the Year’ award at The Football League Awards 2016.

The club received the award at the gala ceremony at Manchester Central on Sunday, attended by over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.

Burnley FC in the Community was formed in February, 2014, and has made significant strides since then with a huge year of growth in 2015.

From a starting point of zero funding and only three staff members, they closed 2015 with funding of almost £800,000 secured and with more than 30 staff members in place, delivering 30 community projects.

With a clear mission to support, inspire and deliver change in Burnley, they worked to provide the very best for their town and surrounding boroughs – in total reaching 35,000 participants.

Their inspiring ‘Danny Ings Disability Sport Project’ has been a particular success story, establishing and developing sporting and social opportunities for those labelled as having a disability.