Bolton Wanderers in the Community were last night crowned Community Club of the Season – All other Leagues at the Northwest Football Awards.
Hosted at Emirates Old Trafford, the glitzy evening welcomed over 500 guests from the world of football to celebrate excellence in the region, from grassroots to elite level.
One of six clubs to be nominated in the category, Bolton Wanderers in the Community were recognised as the best in class for their continued and passionate commitment to supporting communities across Bolton and the surrounding areas.
Ben Lawton, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Bolton Wanderers in the Community said: “We are all absolutely delighted to win this award in what was a strong category with six other club charity organisations shortlisted.
“Through the passion and dedication of our staff and volunteers, the Charity has shown that the impact a football club can have on the community goes beyond the pitch.
“We'd like to thank our Trustees and partners for their continued support. We would also like to thank our amazing staffing team for their hard work and effort to make positive change in our community.
Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer at Bolton Wanderers said: “We are immensely proud of the outstanding work that Bolton Wanderers in the Community is delivering in our town on a daily basis.
“Last night’s victory speaks volumes about Phil Mason’s incredible team and the impact they are having on the lives of thousands of people.
“Through a seamless and joined up approach, we will continue to work in close collaboration as Club and community, and we look forward to marking this fantastic achievement on the pitch at half time during our fixture against Blackpool this weekend.”
Last year, Bolton Wanderers in the Community delivered 27 projects across Bolton, targeting communities and individuals experiencing inequality.
Engaging with the town’s diverse community – from children aged five to senior citizens in their nineties – the charity’s work focuses on themes including disability, mental health, employability, cohesion, equality, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing.
Highlighted yesterday evening was the charity’s response and support for those affected by the cost-of-living crisis.
During this time, Bolton Wanderers in the Community delivered free activities and provided lunches to children on free school meals, offered the vulnerable and those experiencing fuel poverty a free warm space to attend, gave advice and guidance on smart meters and created free opportunities to bring communities together to connect with one another.
For more information on Bolton Wanderers in the Community click HERE.
A full list of winners on the night can be found HERE.