United front earns Blades awards place

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SHEFFIELD United’s community initiatives have seen the club shortlisted for a national award.

The Blades will take on fellow football clubs as well as cricket and rugby teams from across the country after being nominated in the Professional Sports Club Community Programme of the Year category of the Sports Club of the Year awards.

United will be up against Everton FC, the Leicester Tigers, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Sunderland Association FC and Watford FC.

The United Initiative is behind a variety of programmes which focus on sport participation, education, health and social inclusion as well as a range of environmental initiatives.

It worked with more individuals in 2010 than ever before - up from 26,000 to more than 40,000 - and also works with 25 primary and secondary schools on a regular basis, with 1,000 children a week.

Sheffield United’s Head of Community Sue Beeley said: “We are very proud of the work we are doing in the community so to be recognised by being shortlisted alongside our sporting peers for a national award is fantastic news for everyone at Sheffield United and the people we work with across the city.”

The winners will be presented with their awards by Surrey CCC and former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash at a gala dinner at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London next Tuesday.