After-school football sessions with the coaches from League 2 Morecambe have won the club a top award.

The Shrimps carried off the Highly Commended plaque at the North West Football Awards, beating competition from Manchester United and Liverpool.

BBC TV football presenter Ray Stubbs and Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson presented the award to Morecambe Community Manager Janet Preston.

She said: "Everyone at the club is involved in the Community scheme in one way or another.

"We are very privileged to be recognised, especially considering the fantastic work done by other clubs in the area."

Shrimps' Director Steven Wright added: "We place a big emphasis on our Community work.

"In recent years our schemes have grown significantly as a result of the hard work by Janet and the team. We are all extremely proud."

The Friday evening football coaching sessions for around 100 teenagers and pupils at Skerton High School were acknowledged by the judging panel.

This activity has reduced incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour in the Skerton area.

It has also led to Janet guest speaking to local agencies in order to share best practice ideas on how sport can be used to help high-risk youngsters.

Football League Trust Regional Manager Dean Grice said: "Janet and the team at Morecambe have put together a range of successful Community schemes in the North West.

"Janet is now a regular guest speaker on how sport can be implemented to help high-risk youngsters.

"This award is extremely deserved. To see Janet sharing the club's best practice is not at all surprising."

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