Date:Thursday December 10 2009
One of our Directors, John Sullivan this week has revealed that Prince Charles is a supporter of Burnley FC following a meeting with him recently at a private reception at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.
Although such conversations are normally kept private and confidential it would appear that the club now have a connection with Royalty with the Prince of Wales watching our progress and keen to know our results. It was also revealed that the Prince would like to attend a game if his busy schedule permitted.
I doubt though he will have enough Loyalty points yet to get a ticket for the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford this January although of course should we get to the Wembley FA Cup final this season,it would be a breeze for him to get in and present the Cup to us at the end!
Seriously though this has to be welcome news and of course it has come about because of the Club and town's connections with the Prince's Trust and Community Sports Trust.
The Community Sports Trust is involved with the Prince's Trust and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. John Sullivan was instrumental in developing this idea and the club have now handed out 105 such awards. Burnley FC have taken the Premier League lead in this initiative and the model has now been copied by another 22 league clubs.
Mr Sullivan (Pictured above with the Prince) speaking to the local press said:
"The Prince was delighted at the progress made by the club and has expressed a desire to visit us and see the good work we do in the community for himself, should his diary allow."
Burnley have a Prince's Trust office in town and their aim is to help and invest in young people to boost the town's economy and development. The Prince first visited the town in 2005 to look at the progress being made and invited Burnley Council staff to Clarence House to discuss potential projects in the town. He was also said to be impressed by the Weavers Triangle regeneration site on one of his visits.
So there you go, Burnley FC by Royal Appointment. I will of course be contacting him now to see if he would be interested in registering on Vital Burnley, so if you see the user name Charlie Claret you will know I have succeeded! What am I like!!
Date:Thursday December 10 2009
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