On Sunday the 17th of April 2016, we witnessed the 11th Football League Awards, an evening of great celebration regarding the on and off-pitch efforts and achievements by football clubs and their communities within the Football League.

One of the awards up for grabs, was the ‘Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year’ award which is awarded to one of the regional winning trusts throughout the Football League.

On Sunday evening it was officially announced that the Addicks’ one and only Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) has won this formidable award.

The way the competing for the award works, is that each regional winner is shortlisted for the overall Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year award and a final winner is chosen from the list. The regional winners and contenders for the award were as follows:

  • Charlton Athletic (London Region)
  • Burnley (Northwest Region)
  • Rotherham United (Yorkshire and Northeast Region)
  • Cardiff City (Southwest and Wales)
  • Burton Albion (Midlands)
  • Brighton and Hove Albion (South East)

Despite the great work all of the Community Trusts in the Football League in general, more specifically the ones listed above, do on a regular basis, the Charlton Athletic Community Trust came out on top to receive the award for their impacting projects and initiatives over the last year, including the upbeats walk and march which took place yesterday in South East London, celebrating the DSActive team.

In Manchester, where the Football League Awards were being hosted, CEO of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Jason Morgan, was representing the Trust, and had the following comments, reflecting on the award:

“This is a fantastic achievement and one that everybody at the Trust should be immensely proud of.

“The last 12 months has seen us achieve so much and that’s down to all the staff running our programmes, our partners, sponsors and patrons that invest in our work and finally the community that actively support and engage with us on a daily basis.

“Without everybody’s ongoing commitment, recognition like this wouldn’t always be possible”.

This is the third Community Club of the Year award the Charlton Athletic Community Trust has received, in addition to the ones won in 2013 and 2009.

The72 would like to congratulate Charlton Athletic Community Trust on receiving the Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year Award, as well as the other regional winners which were also competing to receive the award.

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Charlton Athletic fan who is still proud and loves the achievements under Jimmy Seed, Alan Curbishley and Chris Powell. I am still waiting for the day when we return to the top flight of English Football! I am staunchly against the Roland Duchatelet ownership and support CARD in his removal. I am also a qualified referee with the London FA. Twitter: @ValleyFloydFred

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