It’s official! Boston United and United in the Community have the ‘Best Community Programme’ in the three divisions of the National League.
That’s the verdict of judges who assessed community schemes across the 68-strong membership of the National League, National League North and National League South ahead of Saturday’s awards ceremony at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales.
The Pilgrims had already collected the ‘Best Health Project’ accolade at Saturday morning’s AGM for our ‘Active Pilgrims’ work before receiving further acclaim at the evening’s Congress Awards gala dinner by taking the overall ‘Best Community Programme’ title.
United vice-chairman Neil Kempster, the director responsible for the club’s community activities, told bufc.co.uk: “It is a proud moment for Boston United and United in the Community
“We won the title in our own division in 2012, but to win the award across all three divisions this time is extra special and a testament to all the work that goes on behind-the-scenes on a daily basis.
“I would like to pay tribute to the staff and volunteers involved in delivering our many and varied activities and we look forward to taking our community work to an even greater level going forward.”
United in the Community encompasses a broad range of activities, including:
– Sports coaching in schools.
– Boston United Sports College (including full-time education programme).
– Elite and grassroots football coaching for boys and girls, including development centres.
– Boston United youth team.
– Boston United under-21s team.
– Walking football for over-50s.
– Cheerleading for both children and adults (United Cheer Team).
– Inclusive sport for people with poor mental health and disabilities.
– Health and physical activity programmes including badminton, netball, basketball and fitness classes.
– Skills, Training and Employment Programme including volunteering opportunities.
– Fan generation programmes.
– Matchday mascot experiences.
Active Pilgrims, which took the ‘Best Health Project’ honours, attempts to create and deliver affordable, accessible sporting opportunities for adults in the Borough of Boston. The project targets various sectors of the community including disabled people, semi-sporty people and those who do not participate frequently in sport.
The three-year project, which is funded by Sport England and the Football Conference Trust, gives people the opportunity to try out new sports such as badminton, netball, basketball and a variety of fitness classes at a low cost.
For more information on any aspect of United in the Community’s work, please take a look on our website, or call (01205) 364406.