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FAMILY EXCELLENCE: Club receives award

13 May 2014

Club receives Family Excellence award

Carlisle United Football Club has been awarded ‘The Football League Family Excellence Award’ for the 2013/14 season.

Created in 2007, the Award recognises the outstanding experience provided by clubs for young fans and families as part of a scheme that won the Gold Award at the European Professional Football Leagues’ Best Practice Awards, earlier this season.

A total of 47 clubs from across all three divisions of The Football League have been given the Award for 2014, the same number as in 2013 despite a significant increase in the benchmark standard being applied by the judging panel.  

More than ever this year, Football League clubs are providing families with engaging family areas and offering innovative matchday entertainment that delivers a money can’t buy experience for young fans.

In announcing the successful clubs, Football League Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “The Football League Family Excellence Award gives clubs a standard to aspire to when planning their efforts to attract more families and young fans to their matches.

“It is hugely encouraging to see so many clubs receiving the accolade, demonstrating The Football League’s ongoing commitment to securing the next generation of fans.”

Seven clubs secured the award for the seventh year running – Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town. Two clubs, Blackburn Rovers and Port Vale, have been awarded the accolade for the first time.

The award recipients are decided by an independent assessment using real families that has been commissioned by The Football League, at all 72 League clubs, during the 2013/14 season.

For more about The Football League visit www.football-league.co.uk.

Clubs receiving the Award in 2014:
 
AFC Bournemouth
Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers
Blackpool
Bolton Wanderers
Brentford
Brighton & Hove Albion
Bristol City
Burnley
Burton Albion
Carlisle United
Cheltenham Town
Chesterfield
Colchester United
Coventry City
Crewe Alexandra
Derby County
Doncaster Rovers
Exeter City
Huddersfield Town
Ipswich Town
Leeds United
Leicester City
Middlesbrough
Millwall
Milton Keynes Dons
Northampton Town
Notts County
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Plymouth Argyle
Port Vale
Portsmouth
Preston North End
Queens Park Rangers
Reading
Rotherham United
Scunthorpe United
Sheffield Wednesday
Shrewsbury Town
Southend United
Stevenage
Tranmere Rovers
Watford
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town

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