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Football League Family Excellence Award Winners Announced

Thu 8th May 2014 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Seven clubs have secured Football League Family Excellence Awards for the seventh year in a row.

Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town have all picked up the Award each year since its creation in 2007, which recognises the outstanding experience provided by clubs for young fans and families.

Two clubs, Blackburn Rovers and Port Vale, have been awarded the accolade for the first time.

A total of 47 clubs from across all three divisions of The Football League received the Award for 2014, the same number as in 2013 despite a significant increase in the benchmark standard being applied by the judging panel.

In announcing the successful clubs, Football League Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: "The Football League Family Excellence Award gives clubs a standard to aspire to when planning their efforts to attract more families and young fans to their matches.

"It is hugely encouraging to see so many clubs receiving the accolade, demonstrating The Football League's ongoing commitment to securing the next generation of fans."

Picking up the Award for the fifth straight season was Bristol City who were also crowned “Most Welcoming Club” in the Football League, and achieved a nomination for “Friendliest Club”.

City Chief executive, Doug Harman said: “We are delighted to have retained this award for the fifth consecutive year, and continue to make huge strides in the service we offer all supporters – including families becoming a key part of the stadium redevelopment project.

"I’d like to thank all of our staff for really getting behind the notion of family excellence and working so very hard to make Ashton Gate a memorable, safe and enjoyable day out for families.”

The award recipients are decided by an independent assessment using real families that has been commissioned by The Football League, at all 72 League clubs, during the 2013/14 season.

Clubs receiving the Award in 2014:

AFC Bournemouth


Birmingham City

Milton Keynes Dons

Blackburn Rovers

Northampton Town


Notts County

Bolton Wanderers

Oxford United


Peterborough United

Brighton & Hove Albion

Plymouth Argyle

Bristol City

Port Vale



Burton Albion

Preston North End

Carlisle United

Queens Park Rangers

Cheltenham Town



Rotherham United

Colchester United

Scunthorpe United

Coventry City

Sheffield Wednesday

Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town

Derby County

Southend United

Doncaster Rovers


Exeter City

Tranmere Rovers

Huddersfield Town


Ipswich Town

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leeds United

Wycombe Wanderers

Leicester City

Yeovil Town




Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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