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TOWN RETAINS FAMILY EXCELLENCE AWARD

9 May 2016

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Terriers one of just six clubs to gain ninth successive award

Huddersfield Town has retained the Football League Family Excellence Award for the 2015/16 season.

Created in 2007, the Award recognises the outstanding experience provided by clubs for young fans and families as part of a scheme that won the Gold Award at the European Professional Football Leagues’ Best Practice Awards.

A total of 44 clubs from across all three divisions of The Football League have been given the Award for 2015, with a significant increase in the benchmark standard being applied by the judging panel this year.  More than ever this year, Football League clubs are providing families with engaging family areas and offering innovative match day entertainment that delivers a money can’t buy experience for young fans.

Town was one of just six clubs to secure the award for the ninth year running alongside Doncaster Rovers, Ipswich Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers - making Town one of just two Championship clubs to win every year.

In achieving the award again, Huddersfield Town has been recognised as offering superb entertainment for families at the John Smith’s Stadium throughout the 2015/16 season, engaging with young fans and families through Family Stand activities such as face painters, balloon modellers and pre-match autograph areas with players.

The Club’s helpful first-time buyers section on htafc.com was also picked out for special praise.  

In announcing the successful clubs, Football League Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: 

“The Football League Family Excellence Award continues to provide Clubs with a standard to aspire to. The objective of the Award is to recognise those Clubs who have successfully attracted more families and young fans to matches.

“Innovation is at the heart of Clubs’ success and our partnership with both Channel 5 & Nickelodeon (Nick Kicks) is part of our central contribution in supporting Clubs’ work in this important area by increasing the profile of our games among the next generation of fans.”

The award recipients are decided by an independent assessment using real families that has been commissioned by The Football League, at all 72 League clubs, during the 2015/16 season.

For more about The Football League visit www.football-league.co.uk.


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