28th April 2017
Created in 2007, the award recognises the outstanding experience provided by clubs for young fans and families, as well as their efforts to enhance the match day experience.
This season represents a record-breaking milestone, with 51 clubs recognised from across all three divisions.
The club have made a number of improvements aimed at improving the matchday experience for young supporters and families, most notably the Family Area Cabin which provides pre-match entertainment for youngsters.
The cabin is funded and run by Marilyn Cottle from the Junior Glovers (a member of the Supporters Alliance), acting on feedback sent to the club.
Players spend time with young fans in the cabin, playing video games and enjoying other activities.
Over the past 10 years, more and more young people have made their way through the turnstiles in the EFL, with junior season ticket sales having increased by a staggering 37% since 2007, and 20% of all EFL club match attendees now under the age of 16.
Such evidence is a strong indication of a healthy future for football in this country according to Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive.
He said: “The EFL Family Excellence Awards have proven to be a fantastic vehicle for celebrating and highlighting the excellent progress that clubs are making in providing families with improved match day experiences.
“Now in their 10th year, the Awards have made a significant impact and this year’s winners have once again shown how innovative thinking and a strong commitment can enhance the experience for both home and away.
“I wish to congratulate each and every club who has been recognised for playing their part in continuing to attract a growing number of younger fans to the game in what is undoubtedly a valuable indication of a bright and healthy future for the EFL.”
The Award recipients are decided using independent assessments from real families, who make matchday visits across all 72 League clubs, during the 2016/17 season.