Rotherham United Community Sport Trust have won the Coca-Cola Community Club of the Year Award.
Rotherham United last night picked up the prestigious Community Club of the Year accolade at the Football League Awards, held at a Gala Ceremony at The Brewery in London.Chairman Tony Stewart and Head of Community Jamie Noble collected the award in front of a packed audience, which included players and representatives from all 72 league clubs. The club beat off competition from Notts County, Portsmouth, MK Dons and Bury, and will add the gong to the regional award picked up last month.
Chairman Tony Stewart said: "This is a fantastic achievement for the football club. Credit must go to Jamie and his team for the wonderful work they do in the local community. The Trust has long since been a trailblazer for community projects, and we are absolutely thrilled and honoured that this work has been recognised with this prestigious award. It cannot be overemphasised, the significance of this accolade. The club has beaten off competition from every other Football League club in this country which gives me a feeling of great pride, and is another example of our continued development as we prepare to move into the New York Stadium next season."
The award caps many years of hard work, not only from the people inside the club, but also its external partners which include Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, whose "One Town One Community" message is emblazoned on the Rotherham United away shirt, whilst former Head of Community Dale Spiby deserves recognition for his forward-thinking nature and numerous years of hard work with the club.
The judges were particularly impressed with the broad-range of projects and skills undertaken by the community; pointing towards the lengths that the club are willing to go to, and the depth that they submerge themselves within those projects, to deliver a service to meet the needs and make a difference in Rotherham.
"It was a fantastic feeling and a tremendous honour to collect this award," said Jamie Noble. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my staff who have worked tirelessly to make Rotherham United's community projects such a roaring success. We couldn't have done this without the support of the council leader Roger Stone, and Mahroof Hussain whose backing has been integral in helping us become what we are today.
"It was a great night, and a fantastic honour to be given the award in front of your peers and over the next 12 months moving into the stadium is an exciting time for everyone involved in the football club."
Councillor Mahroof Hussain said "Absolutely fantastic news for Rotherham United and the communities of Rotherham. the club have truly spread the message of One Town, One Community throughout Rotherham, and now all over England by winning this prestigious award"