The chair of trustees at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust has congratulated the team effort within the charity that led to them winning the EFL’s North West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year.
George Root – also a vice president of Blackburn Rovers, having been a member of the board that led the club to the Premier League title in 1995 – expressed his pride and delight at seeing the organisation land the accolade for a second time in three years.
The Community Trust enjoyed engagements with over 50,000 local residents from Blackburn with Darwen and its surrounding boroughs in 2017; a record-breaking year for the charity during its tenth anniversary year, and a 30th year of community work undertaken in the football club’s name.
“The success is the result of a really strong team effort from the Community Trust staff, led by the chief executive Gary Robinson,” explained Root.
“Everyone around Ewood Park that has supported the community efforts over the past year - from my fellow trustees through to the staff and players at the football club that have contributed time and effort to the cause - deserve to share in this success.
“I’m always pleased to see the continual improvements in standards and the increase in the number of projects that we deliver every year.
“Whilst every community organisation linked to clubs in the EFL receives a level of central funding from the Premier League and EFL Trust, what sets our Trust aside is the desire to always look for new funding opportunities and partnerships that can be utilised to put on new programmes, over and above what you’d expect from many other similar organisations.
“We have become very good at identifying the local need and putting on projects that particularly benefit some of the most deprived wards in our town and the county in general. Therefore, I hope that every Blackburn Rovers fan is proud of the work being undertaken of behalf of our club to support the local area, regardless of whether or not the beneficiaries are Rovers supporters.”
Having been named as one of six regional winners of the accolade, securing a trip to the Houses of Parliament to receive the prize next week, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust now progress to the main EFL Awards in London on Sunday 15th April, where they hope to win the national Checkatrade Community Club of the Year Award.
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