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Everton In the Community Scoops International Award

13/06/2015  Comments (7)  jump

Everton's continuing local charity and community efforts were recognised again this week when Everton in the Community won the Outstanding Achievement Award at TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2015 in Barcelona.

Everton's Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive of Everton in the Community accepted the prestigious award on Wednesday evening in Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium, the culmination of TheStadiumBusiness Summit which brings together senior industry figures from stadium sports businesses around the world.

Now in their sixth year, TheStadiumBusiness Awards are the only awards to recognise a whole spectrum of achievements from across the global stadium industry.

Everton's multiple award-winning charity was recognised by an international judging panel for outstanding delivery of dedicated programmes which focus on education, health and wellbeing, exercise, disability, social inclusion and community cohesion and which positively impact people's lives daily.

As well as representing Everton at TheStadiumBusiness Awards, Denise and Everton's Director of Marketing and Communications, Richard Kenyon, delivered a keynote presentation at the Fan Experience Forum, showcasing the Club's work in engaging with supporters all year round.

Denise said: I feel really privileged to accept this award in such prestigious company and such an amazing venue. This award reflects the huge amount of hard work, enterprise and courage shown every day bythe Club, our fans, the Community scheme and all of our volunteers and participants.

While it is me who was called up on stage to accept this accolade, it really is recognition for the many people who, both now and in the past, have shown determination and ambition to help drive us forward and make these positive impacts in people's lives.

Five years ago we committed to being the best sporting charity in the UK. To be described as the best in Europe not only reflects the breadth and quality of our work but motivates us to continue to deliver in line with our fans' expectations - embodied by our Nil Satis ethos.

Hundreds of nominations were whittled down to create the shortlist, some of which were voted for by the industry and some judged by an independent panel of industry figures, including: Andrew Daniels, CEO, Adelaide Oval; Al Guido, COO, San Francisco 49ers; Marie Lindqvist, GM, Stockholm Globe Arenas; Roger Maslin, MD, Wembley Stadium; Peter McKenna, Stadium & Commercial Director, Croke Park; Julian Jenkins, CEO, Servette FC; Richard Peddie, Former CEO, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment; Ian Nuttall, founder of TheStadiumBusiness/Xperiology.

Ian Nuttall, founder of TheStadium Business Awards, added: Congratulations to everyone who reached the podium. Winners included our industry's leaders, achievers and stand-out venues, who should all be very proud of their achievements.

Everton is a club that makes a real difference in the lives of people at the heart of its community every day and its accomplishments are inspirational. Denise represents that commitment in the most fantastic way and for the accolade of Outstanding Achievement, the choice was crystal clear. The work the Club does sets the standard across Europe, and probably beyond.

The Judging Panel endorsed this in their comments: We are recognising Denise's ongoing work delivering outstanding results for Everton Football Club, both in the community and at club level. Denise has played an integral part in improving the matchday experience of supporters, in turn helping to increase attendances and enhance Everton's reputation both nationally and abroad.


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Christopher Kelly
1 Posted 13/06/2015 at 15:52:22
Terrific achievement and something we should very honored and proud about! Beating out all of those other teams around the world takes some doing. Makes us all very proud! However, it leads me to really question the on-field efforts of this club. If weÂ’re well and truly #1 in the world in this department, how can we be so inept in other areas that actually matter on the field?? IÂ’m not saying Bill is a "bad guy" but he sure uses Everton In the Community as a smoke screen.
Steve Hogan
2 Posted 13/06/2015 at 16:52:50
Elstone must be rubbing his hands at this latest accolade. IÂ’m being quite genuine when I applaud the efforts of EitC for the work they do as a charity, they clearly have some very dedicated and talented staff working on their behalf.

But this merely adds another Â’smokescreenÂ’ to the inept commercial performance of the football club, in reality, it adds zilch to the bottom line, and would hardly be a catalyst for any would be investor.

Perhaps the news may appeal to the likes of Phillip Green, who IÂ’ve heard supports philanthropic projects from time to time?

Nudge nudge...are you listening Bill.

Over to you, Robert... (Elstone that is!)

Phil Walling
3 Posted 13/06/2015 at 19:24:26
Everton FC lends its name to a great deal of good work done in the community. It may even commit considerable funds for the purpose. Most clubs do.

But I wouldnÂ’t want to see Kenwright, Elstone & Co reflecting in the glory of so doing. Charitable work is best done quietly without need of Â’national honoursÂ’ and trumpet blowing.

Paul Ellam
4 Posted 14/06/2015 at 12:40:00
Congratulations to everybody involved.
Maybe they could put that trophy they won in our main trophy room cabinet - there is plenty of room for it!
Dennis Stevens
5 Posted 15/06/2015 at 01:55:39
Whatever other faults one can find with this club of ours, EitC is certainly one area where they get things right, & consistently so. Congratulations fully deserved to all involved!
Craig Fletcher
6 Posted 15/06/2015 at 02:14:31
LetÂ’s not turn this thread into another opportunity to take aim at the commercial performance of the club, the on-field efforts, Blue Bill, Osman, the Tea Lady.....

Congratulations Everton in the Community, fully deserved and the organization is something that anyone connected to the club can, and should, feel justifiably proud of.

Phil (3) on the contrary, I think those directly involved in EitC should quite rightly have their moment in the spotlight, they deserve it. And there isnÂ’t even a mention of Kenwright or Elstone in the article, so IÂ’m not sure where you got that from.

Ian Riley
7 Posted 16/06/2015 at 18:52:38
Well done to the chairman and everyone at the club for all their hard work! Our chairman gets some stick on here but his legacy will carry on within the community of the club. The council should award the chairman in some way for supporting local projects which give so much to children and families. To win an award at an international level means they do much more than we see in the press, well done again!l

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