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Grealish named Villa’s Community Champion

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Grealish named Villa’s Community Champion

Jack Grealish has notched the 2016/17 Aston Villa Community Champion award.

As well as commitments with the Aston Villa Foundation, Grealish goes above and beyond to support community projects. 

In October 2016, he presented 10-year-old supporter Ajay Moran-Nabi with his new claret and blue 3D prosthetic arm at Bodymoor Heath. 

Big-hearted Jack also showed support for three-year-old Charlie Round throughout his battle with Neuroblastoma. 

England U21 international Jack donated to his treatment fund and wore a t-shirt in the warm-up ahead of the weekend Norwich City game to pay his respects. 

Nothing compares to the look on a young supporter’s face when they’ve received a surprise visit from a footballer. Jack Grealish
The 21-year-old academy graduate was also nominated for the EFL accolade.

The PFA are committed to raising the profile and awareness of the extensive work and participation of players in support of community and charitable activities. 

PFA Community involvement extends across many areas such as health, education, social inclusion, and equalities, underlining the sport’s commitment to making a positive difference in society.

On receiving the award, Jack said: “I was absolutely delighted to be named the club’s community Player of the Year.

“I’m extremely appreciative of my position as a footballer and the fact I’m able to get involved in good causes.

“Nothing compares to the look on a young supporter’s face when they’ve received a surprise visit from a footballer.”

Guy Rippon, head of the Aston Villa Foundation, presented Grealish with his award. 

He said: “We were delighted to present Jack with his award for Community Player of the Year for 2016/17. 

“Jack received this award as he has repeatedly shown how he is happy to go above and beyond in terms of community and supporter engagement. 

“He has demonstrated on several occasions this season how he brings a really personal touch to our community engagement.

"That's not just attending large events such as the JV-Life Christmas Party, but also taking time out to allow young supporters facing significant personal challenges to meet their hero individually and make them feel very special.”



Emily Liles
By @emily_liles 6th April 2017
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