Wednesday 04 Mar
Updated Wednesday 04 Mar 18:19

Awards recognition for commitment to Diversity

The West Ham United Foundation is delighted to be nominated for ‘Community Organisation Award for Multi-Strand' at the National Diversity Awards 2020 in association with ITV News. 

The Foundation helps to drive equality, diversity, and inclusion through more than 30 projects across east London, Essex and internationally.

Its work is embedded across the club and this is continuously moving from strength to strength, meeting the needs of the community and harnessing the power of elite sport to make a positive impact. 

The National Diversity Awards are a celebration of the hardworking people that tackle the important issues of today. Nominees are recognised by the communities that they work in who want to showcase the nominee's dedication and commitment to others.  

In addition to the Foundation being shortlisted, one of its long-standing volunteers, Neal Crowley, has also received a nomination in the category of ‘Positive Role Model (Disability)’. Neal has Cerebral Palsy and works with the Foundation as a coach in the Community Department and with the West Ham United Disabled Supporters’ Board to ensure that all fans, no matter their disability, are enjoying their experience at matches. He also does a range of volunteering in Barking & Dagenham, leading on a breadth of projects including an annual International Day of Persons with a Disability event which is extremely popular. 

Kerry Downes, Head of Community and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at the Foundation commented: “I’m really pleased the Foundation is being recognised for its commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity. The Foundation could not do the work it does without the support of the club, our dedicated workforce, partners and most importantly participants. Participants are central to all our work and being nominated for this award is extremely special.

“For Neal to also be recognised is brilliant. He is not only a hard working volunteer at the Foundation but also an extremely caring member of the team who is keen to support participants and colleagues. Neal has a brilliant sense of humour which he uses to build effective relationships with internal and external partners. It’s a pleasure to work with someone who is so passionate about our community.”

In order to help the Foundation and Neal get shortlisted your support is needed! Add to the nominations through the links below, you have until 18 May 2020 to vote! 

Vote for WHU Foundation: 

Vote for Neal: