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Pompey Win Regional Community Award

Wheels for All project impresses judges

5 March 2018

Pompey in the Community

Pompey will be recognised and celebrated in Parliament for their outstanding community work.

They have been named South East Checkatrade Community Club of the Year as part of the 2018 EFL Awards.

Following the exceptional work of Pompey in the Community, the Blues will be joined alongside five other EFL regional winners – Bristol City, Charlton, Derby, Blackburn and Middlesbrough – at the House of Commons on Monday, March 12.

They will receive their award, for the second consecutive year, with EFL chairman Ian Lenagan, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch and host Colin Murray all confirmed to take the stage at the event.

Last year’s overall winners of the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year Award, Pompey will again be put forward alongside the five other regional winners for the 2018 award, which will be announced at the EFL Awards on Sunday, April 15 in central London.

Pompey in the Community impressed the judges with their Wheels for All project, an inclusive community cycling scheme that offers adapted bikes and personal support to local adults and children with physical and learning disabilities.

The scheme also works with older people at risk of isolation and allows users to take part in safe, structured and supported rides in two city wide locations.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “EFL clubs are based in the heart of communities up and down the country, often in some of the most disadvantaged areas.

“It’s important that we recognise the clubs that have gone that extra mile to make a real difference to the community they represent, which is why the announcement of the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year regional winners is a fitting tribute to the excellent and innovative work that takes place.

"It’s important that we recognise the clubs that have gone that extra mile to make a real difference to the community they represent."

Shaun Harvey

“I’m proud to say that all clubs, not just the winners, are at the forefront of helping to tackle some of the biggest issues in society by using the power of the club badge.

“In 2018 we celebrate 10 years of the EFL Trust and in the past decade our clubs have played an instrumental part in transforming their local community, from helping to reduce crime, improving health and inspiring education.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have been, and will continue to be, positively influenced by the work undertaken in this area seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

The EFL received strong submissions from a wide range of clubs, with the panel marking the applications on social impact and their showcase projects.

The six regional winners were selected by an independent judging panel, including The Times’ chief football writer, Henry Winter; Team Leader for Faith Engagement, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Hilary Patel; Director of CSR at The PFA, John Hudson; Sky Sports’ Michael Weightman and the EFL Trust Director of Operations, Mike Evans.

For more information regarding the 2018 EFL Awards, visit

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