We are proud to announce that Argyle have been named as the EFL’s Kin + Carta Connect Family Club of the Year for Sky Bet League Two (2019/20).
With the annual EFL Awards ceremony for 19/20 suspended due to COVID, the Pilgrims share the prestigious honour with fellow divisional winners Luton Town (Championship) and Peterborough United (League One).
The club has invested heavily in the supporter experience in recent years, with a particular focus placed on families. Innovations, including the Family Fan Zone, which offers entertainment, music, activities and games at Home Park before kick-off, and the Family Stand – which provides further entertainment inside the stadium - have proven to be hugely successful with home and away supporters alike.
Argyle chief executive officer, Andrew Parkinson, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Kin + Carta Connect Family Club of the Year award this season.
“In line with our club Vision and Values, we have placed significant focus on improving the match-day experience for supporters, particularly those with families. We are proud to have received such an honour, and will continue to work hard at providing the best possible match-day experience at Argyle.”
Simon Hallett, Argyle chairman, said: "I am delighted that our long-term efforts to improve the quality of the experience at Home Park for families has been recognized in our being awarded the Family Club of the Year award for League Two. I thank everyone for their contribution to this award.
For the past seven seasons, the club has achieved EFL Family Excellence Scheme accreditation, and, in 2018-19, we were one of only a handful of EFL clubs to receive the highest possible rating – a Gold award. Our 2019-20 Family Excellence Scheme report is due to be announced in the coming weeks.
An EFL spokesperson said: “Congratulations to the three winning Clubs, they all hugely impressed the judging team with the standard of their entries and their engagement with families in and around matchdays. Each demonstrated a clear, strategic and impactful approach to attracting and engaging young fans and families to deliver a first class family experience in their respective division.”
The Family Club of the Year award is not the only honour associated with Argyle this time around, with outgoing forward Joel Grant also winning the PFA Players in the Community award for the fourth tier.
See below for the full list of EFL 2019/20 award winners.
EFL AWARD WINNERS
Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season
Ollie Watkins – Brentford
Sky Bet League One Player of the Season
Ivan Toney – Peterborough United
Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season
Eoin Doyle – Swindon Town (now Bolton Wanderers)
EA Sports Young Player of the Season
Jude Bellingham – Birmingham City (now Borussia Dortmund)
LFE Apprentice of the Year – Championship
Jude Bellingham - Birmingham City (now Borussia Dortmund)
LFE Apprentice of the Year - League One
Luke Matheson – Rochdale AFC (now Wolverhampton Wanderers)
LFE Apprentice of the Year - League Two
Scott Pollock – Northampton Town
Mitre Goal of the Season
Charles Vernam – Grimsby Town (now Burton Albion)
Screwfix Moment of the Season
‘Football Never Went Away’ – Response of EFL Clubs to COVID-19 pandemic
PFA Players in the Community (announced in March 2020)
Sky Bet Championship – Cyrus Christie (Fulham)
Sky Bet League One – Calvin Andrew (Rochdale)
Sky Bet League Two – Joel Grant (Plymouth Argyle)
Ignition Sports Media Community Club of the Year (announced in March 2020)
North West – Wigan Athletic
North East & Yorkshire – Middlesbrough
Midlands – Derby County
London – Charlton Athletic
South East – Crawley Town
South West & Wales – Cardiff City
YouGov Sport Community Project of the Year (announced in March 2020)
Championship – Charlton Athletic
League One – Portsmouth
League Two – Cambridge United
Kin + Carta Connect Family Club of the Year
Championship – Luton Town
League One – Peterborough United
League Two – Plymouth Argyle