Stevenage FC have been nominated as Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year at the forthcoming Football League Awards 2016, the annual awards ceremony that celebrates on and off pitch excellence across The League’s 72 clubs.
After winning League 2 Family Club of the Year at last year's awards, Stevenage join fellow League 2 side Oxford United, Millwall and Doncaster (League 1) and Fulham and Middlesbrough (Championship) on the shortlist for the 2016 Family Club of the Year category which looks for the club that best demonstrates outstanding delivery of activity to attract and retain families at games. Among other criteria the entries are judged taking into account specially targeted pricing; matchday entertainment, catering, programme and interaction; and the first assessment visit as part of the Family Excellence Awards this season.
There is an overall award for the three divisions, however the clubs ranked highest from the other two divisions will also receive recognition for being the best in their division.
For the first time this year the Football League Awards will be held in Manchester, with the winners announced at a gala ceremony on Sunday 17th April – the same date on which The Football League was officially formed in Manchester back in 1888.
Dave Toyn, Marketing, Media & Communications Manager at Stevenage FC said, "We're delighted to be nominated once again in the Family Club of the Year category. Being awarded the League 2 Family Club of the Year last season has spurred us on to achieve more in our quest to attract the next generation to The Lamex Stadium.
"Rather than resting on our laurels we have continued to work hard and build on that progress, creating more ways of identifying and welcoming first time fans and families to Stevenage, creating a series of memorable match days such as our Kids Takeovers, creating great memories for supporters young and old and working throughout the community as we continue our journey to attract and retain family groups of supporters and increase the fan base."
Drew Barrand, Marketing Director of The Football League, said: “The Football League Awards 2016 provides a platform for us to showcase the very best of what The Football League is all about.
“Once again, the standard of entries has gone up so those clubs and individuals included on the shortlists deserve real praise for their achievements. We wish all those nominated the best of luck and look forward to announcing the winners in April at what will be the first ever Football League Awards evening to be held in Manchester.”
The four category shortlists announced today are:
Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year
Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year
North East & Yorkshire – Rotherham United
North West – Burnley
Midlands – Burton Albion
London – Charlton Athletic
South East – Brighton & Hove Albion
South West & Wales – Cardiff City
PFA Player in the Community
Danny Grainger (Carlisle United)
Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers)
George Friend (Middlesbrough)
LFE Apprentice of the Year
David Popa (Birmingham City)
Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic)
Mathew Hudson (Preston North End)
James Bree (Barnsley)
Bright Osayi-Samuel (Blackpool)
Thomas Smith (Swindon Town)
Hakeem Odoffin (Barnet) *
Frankie Musonda (Luton Town)
Ben Godfrey (York City) **
* Now at Wolverhampton Wanderers
** Now at Norwich City
Clubs not shortlisted for these awards could still taste success on the evening. There will also be awards on the night for the Mitre Goal of the Year, Capital One Supporter of the Year, Sky Bet Players of the Year, Football League Young Player of the Year, the Sir Tom Finney Award and Contribution to League Football.
Alongside these there will be a new category this year – the Football Manager Team of the Season – that will see 11 players and a manager from across the three divisions recognised for their performances in the 2015/16 campaign.
Fans will also be given a chance to have a say themselves in one of the award categories, with voting for the Mitre Goal of the Year shortlist taking place in conjunction with Channel 5’s ‘Football League Tonight’ show from this weekend.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, visit www.FLAwards.com or search #FLAwards.