Sheffield United have say in community project

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Community projects in the Sheffield area will have the chance to paint a brighter future by winning a re-decorating makeover in a new competition.

In conjunction with its sponsorship of the Football League Trophy, Johnstone’s Paint has launched the Community Spirit campaign which will see local projects from all over the country vie for a makeover.

All 48 clubs in the 2014-15 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy will be invited to select, submit and provide their backing to one community project in their local area.

Facilities or groups which serve the community in Sheffield are invited to put forward nominations at www.johnstonestrade.com/communityspirit, with Sheffield United having the final say on which project represents it in the national competition.

As well as considering nominations submitted, football clubs will reflect on work they already undertake in the community and in conjunction with the Football League Trust to consider potential options.

A judging process will then take place to whittle the entries from all clubs down to four national finalists, with that shortlist going before a public vote to decide the overall winner.

Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager of Johnstone’s Paint, said: “We have no restrictions on the nominations we are looking for. It could be a rundown scout hut, a community centre or an amateur boxing club.

“The only proviso must be that the facility or group serves or provides a benefit to the community.”

Nominations must be received by Friday November 21 via the Johnstone’s Trade website.

Ben added: “This is an extremely exciting project which enables us to reflect on community work that we regularly carry out in areas across the country.

“Johnstone’s Paint has always maintained a strong commitment to working closely with local communities and supporting residents in these areas.

“The Community Spirit campaign will provide the opportunity for one lucky facility or group to enjoy a complete decorating makeover from Johnstone’s Paint and we are looking forward to sifting through what we are sure will be many deserving nominations.”