Blackpool captain Chris Maxwell has been named the club's PFA Community Champion for the 2020/21 season.
The Seasiders' stopper has publicly supported some of the key issues faced by the demographic of our local community during lockdown via the activities of the Community Trust.
He has given up his time to meet virtually with Blackpool FC Community Trust mental health groups and written letters of support to the older generation of socially isolated BFC fans.
Chris is a big advocate of education and has spent time talking to pupils from local schools and BFCCT Sports College students about the importance of bettering yourself through education.
Chris Maxwell said:
“I’m very proud and honoured to receive this award. It’s an award that I strive for every year, not only to win the award but to try and make a difference, however small within the community.
"Every player should relish the opportunity to take part in community activities, such as going to schools or, in this year particularly, having Zoom calls with fan groups and organisations to pass on a bit of inspiration or guidance.”
Ashley Hackett, CEO, Blackpool FC Community Trust, said:
“It’s always great to get the support of the Blackpool FC first-team, especially when they are as passionate about our community as our staff are. Chris has been great at getting involved with a variety of the programmes we offer, speaking with participants young and old from a number of different backgrounds.
“Chris has also had an impact on our own sports college students, helping give them an insight into what it takes to be a part of the professional sports industry. This knowledge is invaluable and it’s not possible to get the same experience anywhere else.
“Congratulations to Chris on a very well deserved award and we look forward to working with him and the rest of the first-team in the near future.”