The Bristol Rovers Community Trust has won the prestigious Bristol Life Charity of the Year 2018 Award.
Bristol Rovers Community Trust, the charity arm of Bristol Rovers Football Club have beaten stiff competition to win the coveted Bristol Life Charity of the Year Award at last week's Awards evening, that took place at a lavish ceremony in the Lloyds Amphitheatre, Harbourside.
Bristol Rovers Community Trust delivers social inclusion, health, education and sports participation projects, enhancing, elevating and improving Bristolians life choices. The aims of the charity, which was launched in 1992 and achieved charitable status in 2001 are to promote social inclusion, increase sports participation in and around the community, improve the health of boys, girls, men and women, educate boys and girls of all ages and improve and enhance the life choices for people across our city.
As the charity arm of Bristol Rovers the Trust are responsible for developing the community element of our club and unlike other charities in the city, do this by engagement with an incredibly wide range of service users from all sectors of our community, regardless of age, gender, religion or background.
The Trust engages with over 3800 people per week across all project they are involved in.
As part of the judge's decision to award the Charity of the Year accolade, the Trust outlined how it had during 2017 seen a 300% growth in the number of full-time staff as well as a 100% growth in part-time staff. The Trust's Premier League Primary Stars in school programme saw an increase in engagement from 200 to 400 children per week, their holiday fundays, delivered in areas of high deprivation across Bristol, saw a 50% increase in attendance numbers whilst their Kicks social inclusion programme saw engagement figures increase by over 80%.
Adam Tutton, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust said, "We are absolutely delighted to have received this prestigious award and be recognised as Charity of the Year in Bristol. We were up against some of Bristol's most well known charities whose incredible work I have witnessed first hand, so even to have been recognised as a finalist alongside these was a great honour. The award is a testament to the hard work of all our staff and the support and backing we receive from our Board of Trustees, Chairman, Steve Hamer and owner Wael Al-Qadi who all recognise the importance of our work in supporting our local community".
Watch in full below as we caught up with Trust CEO Adam Tutton this week to find out more about the award and what the Trust has been up to.