Vital Football

Latest Rochdale AFC News

51 Clubs Receive EFL Family Excellence Award - 2016/17

51 Clubs Receive EFL Family Excellence Award - 2016/17

The Football League have recognised a record 51 clubs in the 2016/17 Family Excellence Awards.

Created in 2007, the Award recognises 'outstanding experience' by clubs when it comes to the match day experience of youngsters and families and in its 10th anniversary year, an unprecedented number of clubs have attained the Award for this season.

Four clubs - Aston Villa, Cambridge United, Mansfield Town and Newport County - and also received the Award for the first time.

The EFL look at things like ticket booking assistance for families, pre match advice that is given, entertainment both in and outside of stadiums on match days, access to players, interaction with mascots and dedicated family zones and activities when it comes to awarding the gongs.

They also point to over the last decade that more youngsters are now making their way through turnstiles and junior ticket sales have increased 37% since 2007, with 20% of all match attendees now being under the age of 16.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey told the

'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 matchday 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 supporters.'


'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.'

Over the last ten years eight clubs have secured the award in every year they have been eligible to receive it - Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Milton Keynes Dons and Reading.

Clubs receiving the Award in 2017:

AFC Wimbledon
Aston Villa
Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
Brighton & Hove Albion
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Cambridge United
Cardiff City
Carlisle United
Charlton Athletic
Cheltenham Town
Colchester United
Crawley Town
Crewe Alexandra
Derby County
Doncaster Rovers
Exeter City
Huddersfield Town
Ipswich Town
Leeds United
Luton Town
Mansfield Town
Milton Keynes Dons
Newport County
Northampton Town
Norwich City
Nottingham Forest
Oldham Athletic
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Preston North End
Queens Park Rangers
Rotherham United
Scunthorpe United
Sheffield Wednesday
Shrewsbury Town
Southend United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town


Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday April 28 2017
Time: 10:36AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Rochdale Articles

What Is A Club Developed Player & Why Does It Matter

EFL member clubs will be held to a 'club developed player' requirement from the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Can Our Games In Hand Save The Dale?

Time for the special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final League One positions for the season of 2017/18.

One Transfer Deadline Was Never Enough Was It

You've got to love the football authorities, if transfer deadline days weren't ridiculous enough already - they've now begun to breed.

EFL Summer Transfer Window Vote Imminent

EFL member clubs are set to vote on changes to the summer transfer window today.

Rochdale Archived Articles

Vital Dale articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Dale
Write For Vital Dale
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Coventry v Rochdale
Suggested By:
Rochdale win27%
Coventry win58%
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Rochdale Results (view all)

Rochdale Fixtures

The Vital Football Members League