Local And National Awards For MFC Foundation

YOU may remember we won the Sport and Recreation Alliance Community Youth Development Award for our work on our Premier League Kicks programmes.

Presented by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, that award came in a ceremony at Twickenham.

Well, together with the Boro, we have collected more silverware in a ceremony slightly closer to the centre of London, at the Grosvenor Hotel, at the annual EFL Awards.

The Boro’s Chuba Akpom was named Championship Player of the Season, while the club and Foundation won the national award in the Diversity category for our dementia programme.

That same night, Boro manager Michael Carrick and Redcar-born Hayden Hackney (a visitor to a Foundation holiday course at St. Peter’s School in Brotton recently) were just pipped after being nominated in the Manager of the Season and Young Player of the Season categories. Burnley’s Vincent Kompany and Bristol City’s Alex Scott taking the honours.

A few days earlier, the club and Foundation came away with a hat-trick of trophies at the annual Tees Business Awards.

Community Organisation of the Year and the Diversity awards were jointly won by the club and Foundation, while the Foundation’s Paul South was named Unsung Hero. I title he won’t be able to defend now that news of his excellent work has reached a broader audience.

Talking of good work, there was another one closer to home. Many of you will know Gary Walton from his work on various Foundation projects across East Cleveland. He was named the Foundation’s One of Our Own in a nationwide event celebrating the Premier League’s work in the community.