The Club’s Disabled Supporters’ Association received yet more acclaim on Monday night despite narrowly missing out on an award at a glitzy event in London.
HUDSA were shortlisted for the National Game Community prize at the Football Supporters’ Federation Awards held at The Pavilion at the Tower of London.
Neil Appleyard and Darran Hutchinson from HUDSA were both invited to the prestigious event, which saw awards presented to high-profiles figures such as Gary Neville and Martin Tyler.
HUDSA were nominated for the award on the back of all of their work with disabled people in our local community, including the organisation of a weekly disco at Hartlepool Catholic Club.
Unfortunately, they were pipped at the post by Curzon Ashton, but Appleyard was proud to have rounded-off an incredible year for HUDSA with more recognition for the fine work they do.
“It was brilliant to be there – absolutely amazing,” he enthused.
“It’s been a fantastic year for the Association with the various awards and accolades we have been presented with.
“This nomination came completely out of the blue but it was wonderful to be in the running and it shows that the Club and HUDSA are doing something right.
“When you think about all the football teams in the country, for us to be on the shortlist of six for this award says a lot.”
During the summer, HUDSA’s tireless work in the community was recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which was formally presented by Mrs Snowdon, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Durham in a special ceremony at The Super 6 Stadium in September.