EFL Community Awards winners celebrated at Grosvenor House Hotel – News

The winners of the EFL Community Awards were honored at tonight’s EFL Awards 2022, with three overall winners announced overnight, following the celebration earlier in the week.

After winning the regional award for London, AFC Wimbledon were named the Your Move Community Club of the season.

The Club’s large number of volunteers and the scale of its impact in the community have made it an undisputed winner in this category with 850 local people volunteering on its projects over the past year.

Maddi Sweetman, community coach for the Club Foundation, accepted the award on behalf of the Club, which was crowned the overall winner.

“It feels like something we know the volunteers and everyone involved in our club deserve, but something we never thought we would get, especially because we see other clubs doing projects on such a large scale. “, she said.

“Within our budget and just coming back to the stadium, it’s difficult to put things in place immediately to put an old system into a new structure, but we managed to make it work and help the local community.

“It’s great that we managed to get the award in the first year that we’ve really been there creating action projects.”

Next, Burton Albion have been recognized as the EFL Community Project of the Season for their success in supporting the NHS at the Burton Albion Vaccination Centre.

During the pandemic, more than 200,000 vaccinations were carried out, marking a major undertaking for the Club.

Matt Hancock, community manager at Burton Albion, explained: “It’s great because we can celebrate with so many people who have made it possible for the vaccination center to exist. We have two tables tonight, so we were hoping that something could happen.

“It’s two and a half years of very hard work. That’s what’s overwhelming. It’s not just about vaccinations, it’s about working in our community with the most vulnerable and supporting those who needed us when they needed us most.

“The Football Club and the Community Trust have always been on this.”

Charlton Athletic’s Ryan Innis followed his divisional distinction by winning the Community PFA Player Awardsafter winning the Sky Bet League One accolade earlier in the month.

Charlton Athletic Community Trust chief executive Jason Morgan and Charlton first-team player care manager Tracey Leaburn represented the defender at the ceremony.

“He’s had a tough life as a person, but he’s turned it around and he wants to give back to the community, and that’s where he got heavily involved with Jason’s Community Trust events,” explained Leaburn.

Morgan added: “I’ve been at the club for a long time. What players do in the community is a different class. It comes from the top and it comes from the manager. It’s expected to be what they do. must do.

“Ryan is the kind of character who has had his challenges. He can relate to a lot of the programs we run and he can relate to a lot of the people we work with. He just wants to reach out and support He’ll come find us and say, “What’s the matter with you. What can I get involved in?” He will find things himself too.”