Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club receives voluntary group's 'MBE'

Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 8:33 am

Supported by numerous volunteers based in Burnley and Pendle, the club's award is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is the equivalent to a single person receiving the MBE.

Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club, based in Holden Road, Burnley, is a community based sports organisation formed in 1957 offering rugby, football and cricket facilities across many age groups, genders and ethnic groups in the boroughs of Burnley and Pendle.

A spokesman for the club said: "The Executive Committee of Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club wishes to say how delighted and proud we are that the group’s work in offering their facilities across the age and genders has been recognised.

Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club

"The award pays tribute to the hard work and commitment of the hundreds of volunteers and small number of paid staff, not just in this past year but in the 63 years since the club’s founding."

The club also supports its local community by making available its clubhouse facilities and sports grounds to this community. Its 12 acres of open space are criss-crossed with public footpaths and a stretch of spring water-fed wetland supports a wildlife environment.

All this activity is provided by an army of member/volunteers who administer the running of the club and the maintenance of its grounds.

Representatives of Belvedere and Calder Vale will receive the award from the Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s award.

Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

Recipients are announced each year on June 2nd, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.