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Community Trust host annual Awards

The Swans Community Trust hosted its annual Celebration Event at the Liberty Stadium this week.

Held each year, the event aims to celebrate, recognise and reward the hard work of both participants and volunteers across all of the Community Trust’s projects.

After engaging with over 10,000 participants, reaching £100,000 worth of SwansAid donations and helping over 600 people gain qualifications.

On top of this, the Trust’s projects have each experienced their own individual success. PL Enterprise for example reached the Final of the PL Enterprise Challenge; Sign Up To Success were featured on Match of the Day; and PL Kicks launched its Young Fire Fighters Kicks League. Hearty Lives successfully hosted the largest Walking Football tournament of the season and PL Schools launched the new Primary School Skills Programme meaning there was much to celebrate for the Club’s official charity.

“We’ve had one of our most successful years to date,” said Linden Jones, the Head of Community. “First off we launched a new project called Ziggies and as well as that, all of our other projects have continued with their successes and as a result, we’ve engaged with a record number of people throughout the eight charitable projects that we run.”

Joining Francesca Donovan, who hosted the event and presented the awards, were an array of first team players, including skipper Ashley Williams, along with Alan Curtis and Lee Trundle.

“It’s good that the Community Trust helps to get kids off the PlayStations and Xboxes and out participating in sport and keeping healthy,” said Williams, after presenting the winners of the Premier League 4 Sport awards for Participant and Volunteer of the Year. “We try to get out into the community as much as we can and it’s good fun to see the kids and we have fun as well.”

“I don’t think we realise at the Club, what work goes on behind the scenes in the community,” said Curtis. “We’re a Premier League club and the work that the Community Trust is doing is Premier League standard as well.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Premier League Schools

-Volunteer of the Year – Kaya Blackmore

-Participant of the Year – James Thomas

Sign up to Success

-Outstanding Achievement Awards sponsored by Meadow Prospects – Stephanie Owens, James Herdman and Jack Pyer 

Ziggies

-Best Attended Sessions – Blaendulais School

Premier League Enterprise

-Team of the Year – Pentrehafod School

-Learner of the Year sponsored by Neath Port Talbot College – Daniel Llewellyn

Healthy Together

-Family Achievement Awards sponsored by The Wave – The Lewis Family, Ruth and Ethan

Hearty Lives

-Most Committed Volunteer – Terry McCumiskey

-Best Participant sponsored by Hengoed Court Care Home – David Evans

Premier League Kicks

-Participant of the Year – Georgia Cosiello

-Volunteer of the Year sponsored by JCP Half Marathon – Emily Gilroy Taylor

Premier League 4 Sport

-Participant of the Year – Zac Lewis 

-Volunteer of the Year – Nic Page


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