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Brentford named Johnstone's Paint Community Club of the Year

17 March 2014

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?Brentford has been named the Johnstone's Paint Community Club of the Year at The Football League Awards 2014.

The club's Chief Executive, Lee Doyle, received 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 year a total of 36 clubs were shortlisted for 17 awards and Brentford beat competition from Derby County (Midlands Winner), Doncaster Rovers (North East Winner), Morecambe (North West Winner) and Portsmouth (South West Winner) to claim the overall Johnstone's Paint Community Club of the Year Award.

Brentford Community Sports Trust has been a contributory factor in planning permission being granted for Brentford's new community stadium - coming at the end of a year in which the Trust has seen significant increases in participation numbers, turnover and key partners.

On winning the award, Doyle said: "It's an honour for the community team but I am accepting this on behalf of the football club. It is an honour for the club and all the people that work within it.

"There is lots of cross-over, whether they are employed, or volunteers, or fans, and we are very proud of what our club stands for.

"From the point of view of the Trust we invest in our own staff and our own people but we invest in the people that take part in our programmes and I think that is the secret - it is all about people."

Over 14,000 people participate in the Trust's projects, which have the aim of using sport to inspire communities with a focus on the key themes of sport participation, health, education and inclusion.

As well as an increase in participation numbers, the Trust has expanded its key programmes such as taking its mentoring project into two London Boroughs, generating new schools provision and income and increasing funding for the new estates inclusion project.

This category recognises the community scheme that has best demonstrated success at engaging with the local community in the 2013 calendar year. The shortlist was comprised of the five regional winners of the award. In deciding on a winner, judges considered the objectives of the scheme, breadth of delivery, innovation, impact and achievements in 2013, alongside each scheme's flagship project.

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The Football League Awards 2014 has given us the opportunity to reward outstanding achievement, both on and off the pitch, by Football League clubs.

"Every one of tonight's winners is a worthy recipient of their award and all the other nominees have helped set an exceptional standard this year.

"It has been a tremendous celebration of life in The Football League."

The Awards were streamed live on The Football League's official YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as official club websites and YouTube channels for the first time ever.

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

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