Supporting Our Own is Aston Villa Football Club’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.
The strategy underlines the club’s commitment to the local community and the wider Aston Villa family.
Managed by the Aston Villa Foundation, Supporting Our Own provides an identity for the club’s work in the community and its approach to corporate social responsibility.
The initiative sees the delivery of projects and activities through the club’s official Foundation in and around Birmingham to promote sport, health, wellbeing, education and inclusive opportunities.
Alongside the project delivery, Supporting Our Own provides valuable assistance for local charities, voluntary organisations and sports clubs with their own fundraising efforts.
It also recognises the contribution of volunteers and community leaders in the local area and offers assistance and support to former Aston Villa players.
As part of Supporting Our Own, the Aston Villa Foundation selects and recognises volunteers, fundraisers and charity workers to receive a Community Most Valuable Player award.
The accolade was launched to highlight the amazing lengths that people go to in order to positively impact people’s lives.
The inaugural recipients of the award were recognised at Aston Villa’s game against Burton Albion on 7 February 2018.
Our 10 selected Community MVPs, who raise funds for charity, give up their time to help disadvantaged groups and put the needs of others before their own, enjoyed a special day at Villa Park.
The group were presented with trophies pitchside before watching Villa’s 3-2 victory from a hospitality box donated by club partner Hisense.
Each season, the Foundation will ask people and local communities to nominate their Community MVPs.