Friday 20 July 2012
Everton in the Community has won a prestigious award at the Sport and Recreation Alliance's Community Sport and Recreation Awards, backed by the Royal Family.
The Blues' official charity was named 'Professional Club Community Programme of the Year 2012' at the Alliance's Annual General Meeting at St James's Palace on Thursday.
Chief Executive Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale was handed the club's award by HRH The Earl of Wessex.
"Judges were impressed with the wealth of programmes we have designed and delivered"
- Dr Barrett-Baxendale
"It was an absolute honour to be presented with this prestigious award by HRH The Earl of Wessex," Dr Barrett-Baxendale told the club's official website.
"This award recognises the significant and forward-thinking approach Everton in the Community has to supporting the local community.
"The judges were impressed with the wealth of programmes we have designed and delivered in particular to combat racism and improve the lives of people living with mental health issues and disabilities.
"The Alliance commended the club's ability to use the influence of its brand to motivate, educate and inspire diverse communities in the North West of England.
"Our time and effort to develop relationships with key voluntary sports clubs, community organisations and leaders to establishing respect and trust was also praised."
In addition to the prize, Everton in the Community was also given £1,000 of funding for winning the award.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK. The Alliance represents more than 320 members, including The FA, the Rugby Football Union and UK Athletics.
The Alliance's Community Sport and Recreation Awards recognise sport and recreation organisations that have excelled in areas such as volunteer management, school links, green thinking and innovative projects.
Everton in the Community is a leading UK sports charity, which uses the power of the Everton brand, to help people across Merseyside, the North West and abroad to better their life chances, through innovative educational, employment, disability and social inclusion programmes.