Community trust up for award

Last updated : 13 February 2009 By Bigrich.....
Rotherham United's go-ahead Community Sport Trust team have been shortlisted for the Community Club of the Year.

Dale Spilby of the Millers told today's 'Tiser: "The Community Club of the Year award is a really prestigious one and it didn't really enter my head that we would get nominated.

"We're so busy working and try to change lives that you never get the chance to sing about the work you're doing.

"This nomination enables us to do that. It's good for the club and earns us national recognition and after the turbulent times we've been through, that's got to be good news. To actually win would be fantastic. 

"In one local school, St Anns, there are 23 different languages. That can create tensions between different groups but football can bring them together.

"Working at Rotherham United daily, it's easy to forget the esteem that professional footballers and the club is held.
"Kids look up to footballers and representatives of the club and will listen to them when they might not to a familiar voice." 

The awards are on March 29th, and Dale added: "We punch above our weight for a club of our size. We are growing and doing things that clubs higher up aren't.

"We've a team of nine full-timers at the Trust. That may seem a lot but it's not for the work we cover.

"It's all about using the power of professional football and the club's brand for the greater good.

"If we are made Community Club of the Year, it will have been deserved."

Chief operating officer, Paul Douglas said. "Dale is the youngest Trust manager of his kind in the country and he has taken it on leaps and bounds since succeeding Mark Todd a couple of years ago. It has involvement with every cause imaginable.

"Our community work is important and it will become even more of a priority when we move into a new stadium.

"As a club, we are proud the Trust has been nominated."
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