The Crystal Palace FC Foundation has claimed its third piece of silverware for the 2015/16 season by winning the Football Club Diversity award at the annual Football for Good Awards.
The awards, hosted by Sky Sports News football expert Ed Chamberlin, brought together some inspiring personalities of the sporting world. Guests included BBC Sports Broadcaster Jacqui Oatley, Football for Good patron Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) and England Women internationals Rachel Yankee, Claire Rafferty and Laura Bassett.
The Football Club Diversity award – sponsored by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) – recognises a club or community scheme that uses football as a vehicle to promote inclusion, diversity and participation beyond traditional barriers.
Crystal Palace's Foundation's work focuses on providing opportunities for young women and girls to play mainstream football, engaging disabled participants by tailoring the game to meet their specific needs and using football as a hook to engage Black and Minority Ethnic (BaME) groups.
Head of Crystal Palace FC Foundation, Donald Forde - one of only two BaME leaders of Football Foundations in the Premier League - was delighted to accept the award. “It’s a privilege to be associated with a club that represents the very best of South London. We put a huge emphasis on making sure our workforce and the programmes that we deliver are entirely representative of our community."
Phil Alexander, Chief Executive of Crystal Palace FC, added: “The Foundation are being continually recognised for their efforts within the local community and everybody at the club is proud of their recent achievements. Our supporters are unique and diverse and we have always been a club that positively promotes gender, race and disability equality among our staff, players and fan base.”