Accrington Stanley Community Trust (ASCT) are extremely proud to have won The Beacon Award at The Hyndburn Business Awards 2019.
ASCT and Accrington Stanley Football Club (ASFC) were joint winners of the award which had over 700 entrants made up of other local businesses and organisations. The Beacon award goes to a local business that is an inspiration for all in the borough. ASCT were also finalists in the ‘Not for Profit’ Award and ASFC received a highly commended in the ‘Made in Hyndburn’ and ‘Large Business’ categories.
The award ceremony took place at Accrington Town Hall and was attended by over 270 local people from businesses across Hyndburn. The award is received following ASFC’s continued success on the pitch and the combined efforts of the Community Trust and the club to put us at the heart of our local community.
In just eight years, the Community Trust has raised over £2.5million and with this has been able to develop and deliver a varied repertoire of projects and programmes, successfully engaging a staggering 17,000 people in the last 12 months across the areas of Hyndburn, the Ribble Valley and Rossendale. Investing in frontline provision across our four key themes; sport participation, health, social inclusion and education, the charity has enjoyed unprecedented growth in all areas.
David Burgess, Managing Director of Accrington Stanley said:
“I was hoping that the award would go to both of us because we work together all the time and everything we do is based around football and the community. Without each other we wouldn’t be Accrington Stanley. It is not our football club it is the community’s and long after we are gone there will still be an Accrington Stanley.”
Martin Fearon, CEO of the Trust commented:
‘’It’s an amazing honour to win this award and we would like to thank everyone involved. It’s brilliant to see that the community value what we are doing here at the Trust as we take pride in providing opportunities for the local community.’’