Blackburn Rovers Community Trust has been nominated as a finalist for Community Club of the Year at the Northwest Football Awards.
In 2015, BRCT proudly claimed the Community Club of the Year (non Premier League) award at the NWFA and the aim is to claim the prestigious prize for the second time in three years.
It has yet again been a successful year for the Trust, seeing record numbers for engagement figures and an increased spending on our local community.
We have also witnessed excellent engagement with our local BAME community, including integration opportunities for our local refugee and asylum seeker community through the Social Inclusion Football League.
This year, the Trust has provided more employment opportunities in an area of higher than average unemployment and there is a plan in place to continue the growth
We have launched new partnerships with several key stakeholders in the surrounding area including Blackburn Youth Zone and Places for People. Alongside this, we have had resounding success in tournaments that give our local community the chance to live the dream of playing for their club.
From an education perspective, our BTEC programme is full for the current academic year and the NCS programme for 2017 as a whole is expected to have the highest number of students since its inception at BRCT four years.
All in all, it has been a year to remember for Blackburn Rovers' official charity and chief executive officer Gary Robinson is over the moon with the North West Football Awards nomination.
“It is fantastic news that we have been nominated for this great award,” said Robinson.
“Everyone at the Community Trust has worked hard as a team this year and it has been one to remember so far.
“We have grown and developed in a number of areas with our primary aim to make a positive impact in the local community and beyond.”