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Stockport County win the Community Club of the Year 2017 Award

Stockport County win the Community Club of the Year 2017 Award
Posted on June 26, 2017
Archive : June 2017
Category : News

Stockport 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 County family".

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 these initiatives.

“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.

Pic - from left to right: Nick Perchard (Premier League Head of Community), Dave Wardle (Community Foundation Manager) and Andrew Calvert (Community Foundation Trustee/Director)

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