CaptureMiddlesbrough Football Club Foundation is celebrating royal recognition after being awarded the The Duke of York’s Community Initiative.

The Community Initiative is awarded annually to organisations seen to be making a very real difference in the communities they serve.

MFC Foundation, the independent charity arm of Middlesbrough Football Club, was among seven North Yorkshire community groups and a total of 34 organisations from across the United Kingdom presented the award by HRH The Duke of York, at a ceremony at the University of Huddersfield.

Based in the purpose-built Willie Maddren Education Centre within the Middlesbrough Football Club’s Riverside Stadium, MFC Foundation started life as Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community in 1996.

Now, almost 20 years later, the charity organisation reaches out to more than 35,000 people each year, operating under four banner themes; Education, Health, Social Inclusion and Sport Participation.

Head of MFC Foundation Helena Bowman said: “MFC Foundation is delighted to have been awarded The Duke of York’s Community Initiative.

“To see our work receive a royal recognition of excellence is a massive boost for everyone involved with our organisation, and the award opens the door for a host of new and exciting opportunities.”

If you would like to find out more about the Duke of York’s Community Initiative please visit www.thedukeofyorkscommunityinitiative.org.uk