Fulledge Colts' latest piece of silverware is Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Fulledge Colts, a grassroots voluntary-run football club based in Burnley, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 3:45 pm

The club is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary in grassroots football this year, in what is their biggest year to date, securing their own home base at Worsthorne Recreational Ground.

The Club, aptly nicknamed ‘Pride of Burnley’, continues to work with the local community, leagues and Lancashire FA in improving the standards and experience of grassroots football for youngsters in Burnley. They have a very committed and enthusiastic volunteer base who continue to use the club as a platform to raise awareness and help many local causes.

The club’s president and founder, David Holmes, said: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to receive this award.

Club volunteers

"The club has come such a long way over the years, and I am extremely proud of our volunteers, the hard work and commitment that goes in and excited to see how the club can further develop. We will certainly be looking to celebrate as a community once it is safe to do so."

Fulledge Colts 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 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Representatives of Fulledge Colts will receive the award from The Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth KG, KCVO, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from Fulledge Colts will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s award.