Chelsea Foundation coach Tom Horrigan has been selected for the special honour of presenting the Premier League trophy to our championship-winning team on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League is celebrating 10 years of its social inclusion programme Kicks and each club has nominated an individual as their Kicks Hero. Twenty-one-year-old Horrigan is the Chelsea choice which as we are the league winners, comes with the added prize of playing such an important part in Sunday’s celebrations.
His Premier League Kicks participation began aged 12, before he gained several coaching qualifications as a volunteer and eventually joined the Foundation as a coach. His story has been immortalised as a graphic novel, illustrated by Marvel Comics artist John McCrea.
Horrigan, said: ‘I’m made up to be named the Premier League Kicks Hero for Chelsea. It’s a fantastic honour and I love the comic book that’s been drawn to show my journey through Kicks. It shows a lot of the most important moments in my life. This is after Chelsea also nominated me to receive the Peter Osgood award this year for my community work. It’s all a bit surreal!
'Presenting the Premier League trophy to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is a dream come true for me. I can’t thank the club and the Premier League enough for allowing me to do it and it will be something to tell the grandkids one day.'
Chelsea FC Chairman Bruce Buck, said: 'Tom Horrigan is a fantastic role model for young people in our local community and he thoroughly deserves to be named the Chelsea FC Premier League Kicks Hero. A young man himself, Tom has already had a positive impact on the lives of many youngsters and has a lifetime of helping others ahead of him, which is to be commended. On behalf of everyone at and associated with Chelsea Football Club and the Chelsea Foundation, we wish Tom a hearty congratulations on this special day for us all.'
Premier League Kicks is a youth outreach programme with the aim of creating safer, stronger and more respectful communities through the development of young peoples’ potential, while giving young people access to facilities, coaching and mentoring.
In its first decade, Premier League Kicks has engaged more than 180,000 young people in weekly football, sport and personal development sessions held at local community venues across the UK. Sixty-eight Premier League, English Football League and National League clubs now run the programme. The Chelsea Foundation offers Kicks coaching at nine sites and engages over 200 unique participants on a weekly basis.