Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) has prevailed at the Football League Awards after being announced Community Club of the Year at the annual ceremony held in Manchester on April 17th.
CACT have been recognised as the Football League club community scheme that best demonstrates success at engaging with their local community over the last year.
The success of CACT over the last 12 months has been demonstrated through a diverse range of projects delivered and the positive impact they have had on the local community. Speaking on behalf of CACT at the ceremony in Manchester, CEO Jason Morgan reflected on the award.
“This is a fantastic achievement and one that everybody at the Trust should be immensely proud of”, he said.
“The last 12 months has seen us achieve so much and that’s down to all staff running our programmes, our partners, sponsors and patrons that invest into our work and finally the community that actively support and engage with us on a daily basis.
“Without everybody’s ongoing commitment, recognitions like this wouldn’t always be possible”.
An essential part of CACT’s success was reflected in the Health Improvement strand after being re-commissioned to deliver a range of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s health initiatives. This includes Greenwich Get Active, a programme to help individuals get active and feel better, Kick the Habit, a service offering free advice for people trying to stop smoking, and a Health Improvement Call Centre which covers all aspects of the strand and under pins all of the outreach work by specialist advisors.
CACT were also re-commissioned to deliver the Royal Borough of Greenwich Youth Service, Young Greenwich, after being the first football charity to run a council’s youth service back in 2012.
CACT also featured in other accolades including the London Healthy Charter Workplace Award, a framework that recognises and rewards employers for investing in workplace health and wellbeing, and the Football for Good Disability Rights Award that acknowledged CACT for using football to promote the inclusion and participation of disabled adults and children.
This latest achievement re-iterates the significance of CACT’s work in the community after winning the Beyond Sport Sports Team of the Year in 2014 and Football League Community Club of the Year in 2013 and 2009.
For more information on Charlton Athletic Community Trust visit www.cact.org.uk