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Plymouth named League 2 Family Club of the Year

24 March 2013

Plymouth Argyle has been named League 2 Family Club of the Year at The Football League Awards 2013.

Mark Lovell, Head of Community, from Plymouth Argyle collected the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry. This yeasr there were a total of 17 awards with 34 clubs shortlisted for honours.

AFC Bournemouth won the League 1 award whilst Cardiff City beat five clubs from across The Football League to the overall award with the final shortlist also comprising Brighton & Hove Albion, Doncaster Rovers and Oxford United.

Plymouth Argyle and its Community Trust have introduced a number of new initiatives at Home Park to attract more families and ensure that current users have an enjoyable experience. This drive has lead to an improved match day experience for both sets of fans and has included transforming part of the stadium into a family zone as well as a young carers initiative.

When assessing the category, judges looked for the club that best demonstrated outstanding delivery of activity to attract and retain family attendance at games.

Greg Clarke, Chairman of The Football League, said: "The Football League Awards 2013 has given us another opportunity to celebrate success at League clubs both on and off the pitch. It gives us the chance to reward those who have achieved fantastic results throughout the year. I would like to congratulate tonight's winners and all those who were nominated."

Other notable winners on the night included Watford's Matej Vydra, who walked away with the npower Championship Player of the Year Award. The npower League 1 and npower League 2 Player of the Year Awards went to AFC Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie and Port Vale's Tom Pope respectively.

Peter Shilton OBE received the prestigious Contribution to League Football Award. Previous winners include Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner, Crewe Alexandra Director of Football Dario Gradi MBE and PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor OBE.

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit

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