Date of release: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Community Club of the Year: University's winning support for trustHealth expertise at the University of Greenwich has helped one of its partners win a prestigious national football award.

Charlton Athletic Community Trust won a top prize at the recent Football League Awards. Its award for 'Community Club of the Year' was in recognition of the successful projects it runs in the local area, many of which are aimed at boosting health and wellbeing among people of all ages.

The university has teamed up with Charlton Athletic Community Trust in delivering the latter's health improvement strategy. Greenwich staff and students have worked alongside the trust's team in campaigns such as Kick the Habit, a free advice service for people trying to stop smoking, and Greenwich Get Active, which encourages people to lead healthier lifestyles.

The university and the community trust have joined forces for other events such as health fairs, staff wellness days, smoking cessation clinics, and health and lifestyle check-ups. The partners have shared expertise in health matters at training workshops and seminars run by the university in recent years.

Professor Elizabeth West helped to set up a Health Advisory Board, which sees the trust and the university working together in further research and promotion of the subject. Other board partners include Royal Borough of Greenwich, Bromley College and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Director of Research for the university's Faculty of Education & Health, Professor West says: "We're delighted to have played a part in this much deserved accolade for Charlton Athletic Community Trust. The partnership offers many opportunities to enrich the teaching and research on both sides, and to learn from each other's expertise. We hope our local communities will continue to reap the benefits for many years to come."

Charlton Athletic Community Trust CEO Jason Morgan adds: "The last 12 months have seen us achieve so much and that's down to all staff running our programmes, our partners, sponsors and patrons that invest into our work and finally the community that actively support and engage with us on a daily basis. Without everybody's ongoing commitment, recognitions like this wouldn't always be possible."

The university has also launched a Sports, Health & Wellbeing Strategy, which aims to support higher levels of participation in sport and physical activity across the community.

For more on studying with the university's Faculty of Education & Health: http://www.gre.ac.uk/eduhea

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Picture: Charlton Athletic Community Trust celebrates winning Community Club of the Year.