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Coker awarded 15/16 PFA Community Champion Award

13 May 2016

Blues defender recognised for all his hard work off the field this season.

Southend United Community & Educational Trust are delighted to announce that Ben Coker has been awarded the PFA Community Champion Award 2015/16.

Ben was selected as the “Health Ambassador” for the Trust and in this role Ben has attended primary schools to conduct assemblies, and encourage children with diabetes that they can still participate in Sport. Ben has also attended the Diabetes Clinic at Southend Hospital to speak with patients as well as visiting the Children’s Ward at Christmas.

Ben’s story has also been shared in national and local newspapers and various Diabetes websites, and in March 2016, Ben was named Sky Bet Football League Unsung Hero for February.

Ben said “As the Health Ambassador for the Community Trust and as an Ambassador for Diabetes UK I am very keen to be involved and share my story to help encourage the children and adults of Southend to continue to participate in Sport.”

John Hudson, PFA Director of CSR said “The PFA believes that all players who go above and beyond what is expected of them in support of the clubs community engagement programmes throughout the season should be recognised for their commitment. This Award should highlight and raise awareness of the social responsibilities and impact of our Professional Footballers off the pitch and we would like to extend our congratulations to this season’s recipient of the 2015/16 Community Champion Award”

Chris Askew, CEO of Diabetes UK said “Ben is a great support to Diabetes UK. He is a fantastic influence for other young people with Type 1 diabetes and proof that it needn't stop you fulfilling your dreams.”

Dale Spiby, CEO Community & Educational Trust, said: "Ben’s determination to share his journey with people who have diabetes and encourage them to realise that anything is possible is both powerful and inspiring”.

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