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Award nomination shows Seagulls are for family
Brighton and Hove Albion has been named one of the country’s most family-friendly clubs.
The Seagulls have been shortlisted for two prizes at this year’s Football League Awards, including Family Club of the Year.
In the individual categories, Spanish right-back Inigo Calderon has been nominated for the PFA Player in the Community Award.
The champions will be announced at a ceremony at The Brewery, London, on March 24.
Liz Costa, the vice chair of Albion supporters club, said the Seagulls would be worthy winners.
She said: “This would be a fantastic reward for all the troubles that we’ve been through.
“It’s true that we like to look after families. We have got a huge family area and a large percentage of female supporters.
“It’s safe for people of all ages to come here and enjoy themselves without a hostile atmosphere.
“We don’t have an all-male atmosphere with spitting or swearing, and we’re proud of that.”
The shortlists were drawn up by judges earlier this month, following a strict assessment process.
Judges included influential members of media, sports industry figures and representatives of the Football League.
Inigo Calderon, nominated for the PFA Player in the Community Award, has been one of Albion in the Community’s most high profile ambassadors.
The 31-year-old, who has a sports psychology degree, swapped his boots for a projector in December when he helped a group of unemployed local people overcome their work fears.
Dan Tester, the media manager for Albion in the Community, said: “Inigo has been a massive help to us ever since he decided to become our ambassador.
“He has worked tirelessly to inspire young people across the county and help them get the most out of learning.”
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