Community Trust Shortlisted For Bolton Pride Diversity Award

BWCT shortlisted for Charity/Organisation of the Year in recognition of its work in combatting hate crimes such as homophobia

Bolton Wanderers Community Trust has been recognised for its work in combating hate crimes such as homophobia by being shortlisted for the Charity/Organisation of the Year at the Bolton Pride Awards.

Last year, Hollywood legend, Sir Ian McKellen visited Macron Stadium to support Bolton Wanderers' and the Community Trust’s involvement in the Football v Homophobia campaign.

The video can be viewed here: 
In line with the work of the organisation, youngsters from schools around Bolton took part in an inter-school football tournament at the club’s Lostock academy training ground in October.

Spending time in the Platinum Suite at Macron Stadium after the conclusion of the competition, the youngsters participated in a workshop which allowed them to engage with the issue of sexuality and to learn about how homophobia can hurt and offend people.

The awards ceremony takes place at Bolton Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium, on Thursday evening.

Phil Mason, Head of Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, said: “We are delighted to be short listed for the Charity/Organisation of the year at the Bolton Pride Awards! This really is fantastic news, and is a testament to the hard work of the team delivering important pieces of work around hate crimes including homophobia and racism.

“We are really proud of the work we have done and are extremely grateful to have been nominated.

“It was a delight to work with schools on this matter and refreshing to hear a positive view that does not discriminate.

“In all our community programmes we will not tolerate hate crime of any kind and work hard to stress the importance of celebrating difference and not discriminating.

“There is a clearly a long way to go in football as the report out today indicates but we are working with organisations in Bolton and beyond in order to make a difference and support those suffering from discrimination.”

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