It's all about the community at PNE
The Preston North End Community and Education Trust celebrates the honest and integral nature of grassroots football in Preston and acknowledges the pivotal part it plays, both in the community and the structure of the sport.
That’s why for the 12th annual Preston Guild Hall Sports Awards, we’re proud to pledge our support to grassroots football by sponsoring the Junior Team Performance of the Year Award in association with Preston City Council and Preston Sports Forum.
Not every grassroots player plays for PNE, but every PNE player has played in grassroots football, and we value every single player, coach, team, club and facility that has either graced or staged the grassroots game.
We celebrate the grassroots game in a variety of different ways; we’ve used our status as the community arm of Preston North End to invite grassroots teams to Deepdale to take part in a penalty shoot-out and gave them the opportunity to watch North End in action with free tickets to a game.
We have superb links between local grassroots teams and our Academy where a number of players filter through to and are able to enjoy the opportunity of representing Preston North End and the potential platform to forge a career in the game.
We offer grassroots teams the chance to take part in our NCS programme together, a once in a lifetime opportunity to youngsters between 15-17-year-olds, and welcome them to further their education in sport once they’ve turned 16 by inviting them on to our education programme.
For every ball that is kicked, to every goal that is scored in grassroots football, it all goes into making what we call today, the beautiful game.
Image (From left to right) Acting Chair of the Trustees Ben Rhodes, Head of Community Andy Haythornthwaite and Education Manager Graeme Atkinson