The Football League has announced that Southend United has won the Coca-Cola Community Club of the Year Award at the 2011 Football League Awards.

League clubs are at the very heart of 72 diverse communities across England and Wales, with over 1.5 million people participating in activities run by the 72 clubs each season. The Football League Trust has six core themes of health, disability, education, sports participation, social inclusion and environmental and this award recognises those community schemes that have excelled in each of these areas.

On winning the award, Southend United Community & Education Trust's Steve Goodsell said, "We shared the award with Watford last year so to win it outright is an outstanding achievement. We believe our scheme is one of the best in the county and we must pay tribute to Sarah Cox, our Health and Welfare Officer for her hard work in making this happen. The fans and local community really identify with what we do."

The judging panel for this category were impressed to see so many and such a wide range of projects really making a difference in the communities surrounding Football League clubs, using football as a means to inspire and change lives. They were particularly hugely impressed by the scope and impact shown by the work Southend United do in health with their Blues Bodycare project, truly outstanding.

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