The Trust was awarded Professional Sports Club Community Programme of the Year; a high profile award sponsored by The Professional Footballers Association.
The award was presented to the Trust’s Head of Education, Jo Watson, by HRH The Earl of Wessex at St. James’s Palace in London this week, after impressing the judges with her team’s hard work over the past year.
Blackburn Rovers have shown that they are a shining light in their local and wider community, using the power and passions that football ignites to help tackle local issues. Programmes have been created and put into action geared towards improving sport, education, health and social inclusion.
Tim Lamb, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, said: "This award recognises the fantastic and vital role that Blackburn Rovers Community Trust plays in supporting its local community. We feel that the Trust has massively lived up to the legacy set by the late Jack Walker to show that Blackburn Rovers is still very much a club of the people. The judges were bowled over with the wealth of programmes the Trust provides – schemes which combat antisocial behaviour, increase educational attainment and improve the health and sporting opportunities of people in the local area and beyond, regardless of age, gender, culture or ability.”
In accepting the award, in the presence of PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor OBE, Jo Watson was immensely proud: “Winning an award from the Sport and Recreation Alliance is a truly wonderful honour. This recognition has come at a time that follows a significant period of change at the Trust, and this award is a huge boost to our hardworking staff as we continue to make positive steps in driving our work forward at the heart of Blackburn and the wider community. This recognition goes to every single member of our talented team, and is a great opportunity to give thanks to all of those who have supported or worked with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust over the past season.”
In conclusion of the award’s acceptance from Prince Edward, HRH The Earl of Wessex, Jo added: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank the football club for their promotion of our activities, the FA for their endorsement of our achievements, and the PFA for their ongoing support of our objectives and for sponsoring this award. It goes without saying that I would also like to thank the Sport and Recreation Alliance for inviting us to be part of this highly respected organisation.”