Prestigious community award for Seagulls

PUBLISHED: 09:23 01 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 01 July 2016

Geoff Stevens.

Geoff Stevens.

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Weston Football Club received a cheque for £5,000 for winning the National League’s best player involvement in a community programme.

Weston Football Club received the player involvement award at the prestigious National League awards ceremony held during the league’s annual meeting held at Celtic Manor, Newport.

A £5,000 cheque will support the work of the community initiative and chairman Paul Bliss said: “We are so proud of the achievement that Seagulls in the Community has made in the last few years.”

Community manager, Geoff Stevens said: “The Seagulls in the Community are delighted to have won the award for best player involvement of a community programme for the National League.

“Our community programme runs a variety of projects and sessions throughout the year and these include sessions around healthy living, education, sports participation and social inclusion.

“We try to include as many of our first team players in our programme where possible as it builds great relationships between the club and community and gives young people and families a sense of belonging and want to be involved.

“Our walking football programme has seen the benefit of the player’s involvement and we now see members of the group regularly attend match day fixtures and they are also pleased to see the players taking part and helping with their sessions.

“Our club captain Dayle Grubb has been working with the trust over the last two years on various programmes that we run. We have also had Mark McKeever (assistant manager), Syd Camper and Jake Llewellyn regularly working in schools, on holiday courses and throughout many other projects.

“Other players involved have included Tristan Plummer, Brad Ash (now at Barnsley), Jake Mawford, Jacob Cane, Luke Purnell, Dan Jackson, Will Sneddon-Coombs, Matt Trybull and Lewis McLean.”

The award money will go towards the purchase of a new van to assist initiatives in the community.


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