The importance of the award-winning Blackburn Rovers Community Trust to the people of Blackburn with Darwen has been highlighted by the borough council’s chief executive.
Harry Catherall, who has held the top post at the council since 2012, was speaking in response to the news that the club’s official charity has been named as the North West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year by the EFL for the second time during his tenure in the role.
He now hopes that the Community Trust can go on to be named as the overall winner of the national award when the judges’ decision is revealed next month.
“This is well deserved recognition for some outstanding project work which is making a real and lasting difference to people with mental health issues,” explained the chief executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council.
“The club takes its community role very seriously which leads to some really positive outcomes for people from all ages and backgrounds.
“We will certainly be cheering them on when they go to London for the awards final.”
Regularly in communication with the club and fully aware of the work of the Community Trust, Catherall has been able to see the benefits of the organisation on the area he serves at close hand and is looking forward to making the relationship between the club, its Community Trust and the borough thrive for the betterment of all involved.
“I always enjoying visiting,” he added. “It’s a great asset both in terms of the people involved and the location.
“The Council’s strong links with the club continue to grow and we are committed to further exciting collaborations.”
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust will receive their north west regional accolade at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, with Blackburn MP Kate Hollern joining the Community Trust’s delegation in Westminster. The national winner of the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year Award will be revealed on Sunday 15th April at the EFL Awards in London.
Any organisations wishing to work with the Community Trust as a partner or sponsor are advised to get in touch with its events and fundraising officer, Jess Clegg, via firstname.lastname@example.org.