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CHAIRMAN SO PROUD AT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS

Kelvin Thomas on the More than Football and Planet League awards

22 November 2022

Community

CHAIRMAN SO PROUD AT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS

Kelvin Thomas on the More than Football and Planet League awards

22 November 2022

Chairman Kelvin Thomas has been talking about his pride at the club winning two big community awards last week.

The club came out on top of Planet League ahead of 76 other clubs including the likes of Manchester United, West Ham, Leeds United and Leicester City.

Points were earned by supporters taking part in environmentally friendly activities and Northampton Town were crowned champions.

24 hours later, the Cobblers followed that up by winning the the European More than Football award.

The More than Football Award is to honour the best social initiatives in Europe delivered by a European club, League or FA by celebrating the work they do on and off the pitch on a local, national and international level. The award was handed out during the 18th EFDN Conference in Budapest, Hungary, which assessed not only on the quality of the project but also the level of promotion and engagement.

The attending member clubs at the Conference, voted the Northampton Town Tackling Loneliness project as the best social initiative delivered by a European Club, League or FA.

"We are all really proud and it is an amazing time,” said the Chairman. “We beat the Premier League big boys one day and then beat the whole of Europe the next day. Both projects are fantastic and to get recognition for the community work that happens is fantastic on both a national and a European scale and for two very different projects.

"It is special for me because so much work goes on behind the scenes and I was actively involved in making some calls for the Tackling Loneliness project and I saw the difference that project made.

"I spoke to people who didn't see anyone from one week to the next and understanding how the lockdowns affected people really opened our eyes and encouraged us to do more and more. It was the personal connection of the project that really brought it home.

"The project grew its own momentum, and this is recognition for that. Both Planet League and Tackling Loneliness were club wide projects that everyone got behind. Tackling Loneliness bonded with players with people who had been supporters for 90 years. That is why the club bought in to it. We were having an impact and it was human interest.

"What we do as a club continues to have an impact all the way through the age groups. I often pop in to the Extra Time group and you can see the difference that has on a weekly basis.

"The projects covered all age ranges and all sections of the community and that is what was so special.

"As the Chairman of the club it gives me huge pride to know the difference we make in the community and beyond. So many people have reached out to thank the club for what we do and it gives us immense pride.”


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