14 Nov Town Scoops Community Award
Huddersfield Town’s positive impact on the local community was recognised at the 2014 Examiner Business Awards, held at the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday evening.
The Club won the ‘Community Award’, sponsored by club partner Stafflex, for its work through the Town Foundation charity; towards the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign and thanks to its position in the business community.
Specific initiatives that were cited included the Huddersfield Town Enterprise Academy, a networking group run by the Club in conjunction with club partner Kirklees College that acts as a focal point for local businesses.
The Club’s close relationship with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was also a big factor in the award win; together the two organisations have formed the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign, with every penny raised split 50-50 between the charity and the Club’s Academy. To date, a whopping £1 million has been generated.
The Town Foundation’s ‘Early Kick-Off’ breakfast clubs also received special praise. An initiative that sees healthy and nutritious food provided at 15 Local schools across the area, the charity now serves over 1,000 breakfasts every morning.
Huddersfield Town’s Jonathan Wilkinson and Robyn Deegan (right), alongside the Town Foundation’s Mandy Taylor (left), are pictured above receiving the Club’s award from Paul Balderstone of award sponsor Stafflex.
Town’s Commercial Director Sean Jarvis commented:
“The Club was delighted to pick up the Stafflex Community Award at the Examiner Business Awards. The award is recognition to all those who have supported the work that the Club has done in the community, be it commercially, through the work of the Town Foundation or the tie ups with our charity partners.”
Town’s Marketing Coordinator Jonathan Wilkinson added:
“This award is testament to the hard work of the people behind the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign, the Town Foundation and the business community. Our Chairman wants the Club to be at the heart of the community, so this means a lot.”