Following on from our extraordinary success this year in winning the FA’s national Respect Award, and taking Bronze in Sport England’s Satellite Club of the Year awards, we are proud to announce that AFC Unity have been shortlisted in the category of Most Innovative Organisation for the Sheffield Make a Difference awards from Voluntary Action Sheffield who are arguably Sheffield’s leading non-profit support and advice organisation and are based at The Circle, AFC Unity’s registered office.
The Sheffield Make a Difference awards are being held ‘to celebrate the quiet heroes in the not-for-profit sector who deliver so much benefit for the city.’ The awards are part of marking Voluntary Action Sheffield’s 90th anniversary – and it also marks important anniversaries for two of their sponsors in South Yorkshire Housing Association and South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation.
AFC Unity co-founders Jay Baker and Jane Watkinson were filmed on November 4th for an awards night video, and first team co-captains Jane Watkinson and Simone Fenton-Jarvis will be on BBC Radio Sheffield on Tuesday morning, November 22nd, to talk to Rony Robinson about the awards nomination prompted by AFC Unity’s Community Outreach, Eliah Ward.
AFC Unity manager Jay Baker said: ‘We are very pleased to continue to build on our success through further recognition for our dedication towards offering an inclusive, positive environment for women’s football that is geared towards empowerment and community cohesion.’ He added: ‘Being up for this award means a lot to us because it shows our quite different methods are good methods; methods we feel are the way forward.’
Jessica Ennis-Hill will present the awards and winners will be revealed at a prestigious ceremony this Thursday, November 24th, at the Cutlers’ Hall.