BEST COMMUNITY SCHEME
The Palace for Life Foundation were the proud recipient of the Best Community Scheme Award, Premier League Division, at the annual Football Business awards ceremony in November, held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge Stadium.
The Foundation were overjoyed to fend off competition from an extremely experienced category, shared with previous winner Everton in the Community and a few London rivals in hosts Chelsea FC Foundation, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and QPR in the Community Trust.
Now in its fourth year, the Football Business awards celebrate the unsung heroes of the football industry, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to shape the sports infrastructure.
The event is designed to celebrate successes and reward innovation, off the pitch rather than on it. The 2015 awards were Crystal Palace’s second nomination in the Best Community Scheme category, having finished runners up with a ‘mark of excellence’ at the 2014 awards evening.
FOOTBALL CLUB DIVERSITY
The Palace for Life Foundation placed claim on a third piece of silverware for the 2015/16 season by winning the title of Football Club Diversity at the annual Football for Good Awards in December.
The Football Club Diversity award – sponsored by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) – recognised a club or community scheme that uses football as a vehicle to promote inclusion, diversity and participation beyond traditional barriers.
Importantly, the Palace for Life Foundation workforce is a reflection of this accolade, with Black and Ethnic Minority (BaME) and female representation across all levels of the organisation – including management and leadership.
Head of Palace for Life Foundation, Donald Forde – as one of only two BaME leaders of Football Foundations in the Premier League (Aston Villa being the other) – was particularly excited to accept an award for the advancement of diversity in football.
He commented: “It’s a privilege to be associated with Crystal Palace FC, a club that represents the very best of South London. We put a huge emphasis on making sure our workforce and the programmes we deliver are entirely representative of our community.