Charlton Athletic has been named the Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year at The Football League Awards 2016.The club received the award at the gala ceremony at Manchester Central on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.
The Football League Awards 2016 was being hosted in Manchester for the first time, the same city in which The Football League was officially formed 128 years ago to the day. In its 11th year, the awards ceremony celebrates on and off pitch excellence across The League’s 72 clubs.
Charlton Athletic had made the shortlist after being named the London regional winner, and beat off competition from other regional winners Burnley (North West), Rotherham United (Yorkshire & North East), Cardiff City (South West & Wales), Burton Albion (Midlands) and Brighton & Hove Albion (South East) to claim the overall Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year Award.
Charlton Athletic’s community programme has had a clear and positive impact on the Greenwich community, with 54 projects engaging over 40,000 people in 2015. The clubs brilliant flagship programme ‘simple numbers’ does not do justice to the diverse range of projects run by the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and the positive impact it has.
CACT have shown how an alternative approach can have a far greater result than traditional delivery methods. Re-commissioned to run Greenwich Borough’s health, youth and disability provision were key achievements for 2015 and underlined the value CACT’s activity has for young people.
The award recognises the Football League club community schemes that have best demonstrated success at engaging with the local community in the 2015 calendar year. The shortlist was comprised of six regional winners of the award. In deciding a winner, judges considered the objectives of the scheme, breadth of Delivery, innovation, impact and achievements as well as the leading individual project from the last 12 months.
The Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year Award is managed by the Football League Trust, a national charity that unites the inspirational work of the community trusts associated to the 72 Football League clubs. Based in the heart of their communities this dedicated network of community trusts invests around £44 million on projects that tackle society’s greater goals.
Last year The Trust engaged with over 1.6 million people using the power of sport to improve health, inspire education, reduce crime, increase participation and tackle many difficult social issues like drug abuse, dementia and homelessness.
Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "During another action packed Football League season it is important to acknowledge outstanding performances, both on and off the pitch.
“We’re delighted to recognise this special group of nominees who have shown exceptional levels of talent, dedication and achievement. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and particularly our winners, all of whom are deserving of their accolade.”
Other awards presented on the night include the Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year, the PFA Player in the Community and Capital One Supporter of the Year. Players from across The Football League were also recognised for their on pitch performances, with the Sky Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Mitre Goal of the Year and Football Manager Team of the Year awards decided, alongside the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award and Contribution to League Football award.
All the news, reaction and photos from the awards can be found via The Football League’s Twitter page, @football_league, while the awards ceremony was also broadcast live on The Football League’s YouTube channel.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of award winners, visit www.FLAwards.com or search #FLAwards on Twitter.