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Huddersfield Town Shortlisted For A Record Five Football League Awards

Fri 12th Feb 2010 | Football Industry Events

Huddersfield Town has been shortlisted for no less than five Football League Awards, the English football equivalent of the Oscars. This equals the record number of awards one Club has been shortlisted for since the Awards began.

The categories Town has been shortlisted in are:

•The Family Club of the Year

•Programme of the Year - "Give Us An H"

•Best Marketing Campaign of the Year - "Keep It Up"

•Player in the Community - Andy Booth

•Best Community Project - "Town Cheerleaders"

The Club's ambition for promotion has been well documented, but off the field, under the guidance of Hoyle, the Club's staff has also been striving for success.

Being nominated in five categories equals the record set by Nottingham Forest last season. League One rivals, Southend United, are also nominated in five categories this season.

Town Chairman, Dean Hoyle delighted at the nominations said: "It is usually the "on-the-field" football results that grab all the headlines. Behind the scenes we have many unsung heroes working very hard. Everyone has been challenged to do much more in the last year and the nominations we have received are an early reward and recognition for all their hard work and effort.

"We can be proud of our progress so far in the "New Era". We have achieved a lot and transformed the Club in many ways. We are trying to operate our Club robustly and sustainably and engage with our supporters and community honestly and straightforwardly. We have a growing reputation as a Club and people in the game are starting to watch us and take notice.

"However, we are only in the early stages of what promises to be an exciting journey and to be recognised from inside the game, in this way already is great news."

In response to the Family Club nomination Clibbens said: "We are particularly pleased to be recognised in the Family Club category. Improving the match-day experience and attracting families to join us is key in our plans. What isn't always apparent is that the arrangements of the stadium mean we are faced with many day-to-day operational challenges and issues that other clubs don't have. This means much of what we want to do is more costly, takes longer to implement and is practically more difficult to make happen. In this context, the drive and determination being shown by the people at the Club to push on and do new things, and what we have already achieved is a credit to them all."

Town's work with charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance is also recognised. The innovative 'Keep It Up' campaign has been helping the Yorkshire Air Ambulance meet their £7,200 a day fundraising target and aiding the Club's Academy since it began in spring 2009.

The traditional sponsor's position on the front of the Club's home shirt was 'donated' to the charity and the calendar of fundraising events that began with the "Pedal for Pounds" bike ride to Southend, which raised £50,000, has been consistently making local, regional and national headlines.

Commercial Director Sean Jarvis said: "I am really proud of the staff for what they have achieved this season. To be nominated for this many awards shows how far we have come in just a few months. We have raised the bar for ourselves and we will be aiming to not only maintain this level of excellence and consistency in the future, but to do even better."

On his nomination for "Player in the Community", Club legend and Ambassador Andy Booth was modest as ever and said: "It's great to be nominated for this award. It's good to be recognised for the work I have done in the community, but to be honest, there are a lot of players who do some excellent work in the community and don't get the recognition they deserve."

On the nomination for Programme of the Year Award, Communications Manager Alisdair Straughan said: "It's fantastic to be nominated for this award and be recognised for the effort that's gone into it this season. It's designed, written, produced and sold by Town and it's a quantum leap forward from what has been done before. It's a fantastic read and is value for money and I would encourage anyone who has not yet bought one to do so this Saturday."

On Town's being shortlisted for the "Best Community Project", Community Officer Paul France said: "Being nominated for a national award is great recognition for all the hard work that's gone in over the past seven years. We were one of the first football clubs to really embrace the concept of cheerleading and it's grown steadily since that time. We are now the largest junior cheerleading academy in the UK and as a consequence many other Clubs are looking at what we've done with cheerleading. The cheerleading department is now a vital part of our charitable trust."

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