Oxford United shortlisted for two Football League Awards
Oxford United are delighted to have been nominated for two awards at the prestigious Football League Awards 2014.
United have been shortlisted in the Family Club of the Year for the fourth season in a row. The club takes enormous pride in this area and this season has introduced a new Family Area on matchdays with player visits, speed guns to measure youngsters’ shooting power and a giant team picture for fans to have photographs in front of and be part of the team.
The Digital Content category is a new category for the most creative marketing use of digital content. United produced the ‘This is Oxford United’ video as part of a campaign which also saw special matchday programmes and newspapers produced as part of a special evening for business partners. The U’s are the only League 2 club nominated in this category.
Chris Williams, the club’s Communications Manager said:
“We are very proud to have been shortlisted in both categories. Everybody at the club works very hard to make it family friendly and to be in the final six in that category is a terrific achievement. The Digital Content award is a new category and it is great that the club has been recognised in this way. The ‘This is Oxford United’ video is outstanding work from Zack Goldman and is part of a wider campaign that the whole team behind the scenes contributed to.”
The Awards, which celebrate on and off pitch achievements across The League’s 72 clubs, will reward players, clubs and fans in eight categories, which include honours for the Family Club of the Year, Community Club of the Year, Fan of the Year and the Unsung Hero award.
In total, 31 clubs have been nominated, with United one of just five clubs to have been nominated twice.
Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said:
“Many millions of fans attend Football League matches each season and The Football League Awards 2014 provides the opportunity to recognise star performances, both on and off the pitch.
“Once again, the quality of the entries this year has been extremely high, so to make the shortlists is a real achievement by the clubs and individuals involved. We wish all those nominated the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic evening in March when we will announce the winners.”
The shortlists were drawn up by a panel of judges over two days on 21st and 22nd January 2014, following a stringent assessment process. Judges included influential members of media, sports industry figures and representatives of The Football League and its partners.
Award shortlists in full:
Family Club of the Year Award
Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year Award (shortlist comprises of five regional winners)
Brentford (South East Winner)
Derby County (Midlands Winner)
Doncaster Rovers (North East Winner)
Morecambe (North West Winner)
Portsmouth (South West Winner)
Unsung Hero Award
Norman Rimmington (Barnsley, Assistant Kitman)
Fred Woolven (Brighton & Hove Albion, Club Lottery Volunteer)
Frank Banks (Southend United, Community and Education Trust Volunteer)
PFA Player in the Community Award
Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday)
David Martin (Milton Keynes Dons)
Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient)
LFE Apprentice of the Year – Championship
Mason Bennett (Derby County)
Jake Charles (Huddersfield Town)
Bryn Morris (Middlesbrough)
LFE Apprentice of the Year – League 1
Josh Brownhill (Preston North End)
Brendon Galloway (Milton Keynes Dons)
Samuel Szmodics (Colchester United)
LFE Apprentice of the Year – League 2
Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle)
Bradley Walker (Hartlepool United)
Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth)
Perform Best Digital Content & Audience Growth Award:
Queens Park Rangers
There will also be awards on the night for the Mitre Goal of the Year, Managerial Achievement Award, Capital One Supporter of the Year, Sky Bet Player of the Year for the Championship, League 1 and League 2, Young Player of the Year, and Contribution to League Football.
The Best Digital Content videos are explained here: