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Blades secure Family Excellence status

26 April 2018

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A total of 56 EFL clubs - including the Blades - have achieved Family Excellence status from the EFL, for exemplary work in engaging families on match days.

The record breaking number, up from 53 clubs in 2016/17, recognises continuous improvement and best practice in family engagement across the leagues and supports Clubs' efforts to attract and retain young fans of the future.

EFL clubs received two 'mystery family' visits throughout the season, with their feedback and reports determining whether each respective club would achieve 'Family Excellence' status.

United's operations director, Dave McCarthy, commented: "Sheffield United are extremely pleased as a football club to have achieved the Family Excellence status for this season. Myself and colleagues working across the many departments in the club, work extremely hard to be a welcoming business, always with the aim of making the experience of coming to football matches pleasant for families.

"We are always looking at how we can create a safe, yet entertaining atmosphere inside and around the stadium, with the 'Football Zone' we are staging on Saturday before the Preston game being evidence of that. We are already looking a new initiatives for season 2018/19 that we hope will take the Family Experience forward and look forward to sharing these with supporters in the months ahead."

EFL chief executive, Shaun Harvey, said: "It is hugely encouraging to see the continuous development and improvement made by EFL clubs in offering engaging match day experiences for families. For over a decade the EFL's Family Excellence Scheme has helped to produce positive and impactful change across the leagues, helping to drive a real focus on match day entertainment, facilities and the overall experience on offer for families, and ultimately to assist in growing attendances.

"Its impact continues to be notable with several clubs gaining strong industry-wide reputations for offering true family value and a consistently high level of service and innovation.

"The EFL will continue to work with clubs to help drive change and support the continued effort to attract and retain future generations of supporters. Congratulations to the clubs that have achieved Family Excellence status."

A full list of EFL clubs to receive Family Excellence status:

AFC Wimbledon
Birmingham City
Bolton Wanderers
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Burton Albion
Cambridge United
Carlisle United
Charlton Athletic
Colchester United
Coventry City
Crawley Town
Crewe Alexandra
Exeter City
Fleetwood Town
Forest Green Rovers
Grimsby Town
Hull City
Ipswich Town
Mansfield Town
Milton Keynes Dons
     Newport County
Northampton Town
Norwich City
Nottingham Forest
Notts County
Oldham Athletic
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Plymouth Argyle
Preston North End
Rochdale AFC
Rotherham United
Scunthorpe United
Sheffield United
Sheffield Wednesday
Shrewsbury Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town

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