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National Pride Awards

7 January 2015

Bury FC Community Trust attend National Pride of Sport Awards

Last month highlighted on a national scale the importance of the projects Bury FC delivers within the community. As the Community Trusts first year in the National Pride of Sport Awards in partnership with the Pride of Britain Awards, it was an honour to be at the ceremony and to gain the experience. 

At the awards ceremony, sporting celebrities such as Jermaine Defoe and David Seaman were brought together by organisations such as The Mirror, Sport England and the Pride of Britain.

Bury FC’s Community trust project, ‘walking football’ was short listed for the community project of the year award by the panel of the industries finest including, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Julie Whelan, Beth Tweddle, Simon Jones, Helen Grant and Kelly Holmes. We had some tough competition from the Back to Netball Scheme by England Netball and The boxing Academy. The project of walking football that we pioneered and has since become a national success came so close but where piped to the post for the top spot. Although we did not win the award, to come runners up on a national scale is such an honour considering the excellent work that is done by many projects and people up and down the country.

During the night we also had opportunity to spread our story and let more people know about this great scheme including David seaman, who said it sounds like such a great concept for older retired players such as himself.  We also caught up with our very own stadium sponsors JD who presented the event sponsoring for the young athlete of the year award.  All in all, it was a great evening and a fantastic opportunity for the Community Trust to again show how powerful our community scheme really is. 

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