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Community Foundation wins top City Region award

18 July 2016

Sheffield United Community Foundation has been recognised for its commitment to inspiring the next generation of sports men and women.

The Foundation, which runs sports participation, education, health and cohesion and well-being programmes, won the Community Contribution Award at the 2016 City Region Business Awards.

The City Region Business Awards celebrates the success of organisations from Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Derbyshire.

Sheffield United Community Foundation was nominated for the City Region Business Awards after winning the Best Western Cutlers Hotel Education and Business Partnership category at the 2015 Sheffield Business Awards.

The 23-strong Community Foundation team aims to build links between Sheffield United and the community using the appeal of football and sport. It delivers programmes in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and in the community for people aged five to 85.

Programmes include PE and sport, Mental health and well-being, Premier League 4 Girls, the Literacy Enrichment Project, After school clubs, National Citizen's Service, Football Camps and Walking Football.

More than 300 students have gone on to complete a further education BTEC sport qualification and moved into further education, higher education or employment.

In the last year, Sheffield United Community Foundation has supported more than 14,000 beneficiaries and delivered 143,000 engagement hours and 9,000 teaching hours representing growth of almost 25 per cent.

Mark Todd, Head of Community, who was presented with the City Region Business Award at a ceremony held at Magna Science Adventure Centre, said: "We're extremely proud to win this prestigious award in recognition of our continued positive contribution to the local community.

"It has been another fantastic 12 months for the Community Foundation, which just seems to go from strength to strength.

"Sport is such a powerful tool which can encourage, motivate and inspire individuals, regardless of their background, to achieve their full potential.

"The community programmes we run are aimed at strengthening self-esteem, developing personal skills, promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviours and, in doing so, improving academic achievement, enhancing employability and increasing wellbeing.

"Quality is at the heart of everything we do and the pathways that we have put in place mean that those who engage with the Community Foundation are set up for life."

Photo caption: Mark Todd, Head of Community for Sheffield United Community Foundation (centre) receiving the Community Contribution Award from Mike Blundell (left) and Chris Bailey (right).

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