County have been
awarded Community Club of the year across the National League structure at the
annual End of Season Awards Presentation. After another fantastic year taking
our family club off the pitch and out across Stockport, Tameside, Cheshire and
Derbyshire, County's Community team are celebrating another first.
Ian Lees, Community Foundation
Chairman, said: "This achievement is a fantastic accolade for the football club and
all our supporters. It's a tribute to all our staff, board and management team
and confirms County are back up there as one of the leading clubs in the community
across the country!Stockport County Community Foundation’s work within
the community ranges from curriculum time teaching of young children in schools
to engaging with senior citizens.
“This year we've made
giant strides forward developing our mental health football sessions, walking
football, disability projects, girls’ sport, fundraising, healthy eating and
even stadium tours. It's a great privilege to play a key role in the Stockport
The awards evening,
which took place on Saturday 10thJune, celebrated the National
League season both on and off the pitch. Stockport County’s prestigious overall
award was presented by NickPerchard, the Premier League’s Head of
Community. Helen Foster-Grime (Vice Chairman) emphasised the football club's
proud heritage, underpinned by the dedication and determination of the team in winning
the top award: "We are very proud to bring back this title to Stockport
for our first-class fans. It's a result of hard work from Dave Wardle, every
member of our team and all our partners.County have proven again you can
harness the power of sport to make such a positive difference in people's lives
so, whateveryour age or ability, come on down to Edgeley Park and be part
of our future".
The club’s Chairman, Richard Park, was also delighted with
the award, he said: “The work of our Community Foundation is hugely important
in helping us to grow future generations of County fans, but it’s more
important that we are able to put something back into the community we serve,
and this award is recognition that our team go above and beyond when delivering
“The involvement of our first team manager and players is
also key to making sure that the participants are able to engage with such
positive role models.”
With the award still fresh in the Foundation’s mind,
thoughts turn to how it can springboard more success within the community.
Plans are in place not only to continue the expansion of the multitude of
projects within the foundation, but also to develop more – such as to host
out-of-term grassroots football tournaments, setting up sessions with housing
associations (such as Johnnie Johnson Housing in Gatley) and, along with our
work within the disability programme, working in special schools.
The Stockport County Community Foundation would like to
thank the National League and National League Trust for their continued support
and the recognition with the award.It is, however, only made possible by
the continued support from our two main sponsors – Midshire and Parfetts. We
must also thank all the staff and supporters at Stockport County FC who continually
support us and help maintain a great bond between the club and the community.