Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Anita Asante have been awarded PFA Community Champions trophies in recognition of their support of the Chelsea Foundation.
The PFA Community Champion Award aims to raise awareness of the great support that players provide to their club’s community activities during the season, with Loftus-Cheek and Asante receiving their awards at Cobham last week.
Loftus-Cheek was nominated by the Chelsea Foundation for his commitment to the club’s charitable causes, notably his appearances at our monthly Community Days, his support of our matchday wishes and International Women’s Day, while Chelsea Women defender Asante was nominated for supporting a variety of one-off events throughout the season, including equality and diversity workshops.
Upon receiving his prize, Loftus-Cheek said: ‘I’m really happy to win this award, I always enjoy attending Chelsea Foundation events and meeting our supporters on Community Days.
‘The Chelsea Foundation do a lot of great work in the community and it’s important that us as players take time out to attend these events, help to make a difference and put smiles on faces.’
Asante added: ‘This means a lot because I think it’s important that we have a good connection with people in our community and people who associate themselves with our club.
‘It’s nice to get recognised for the interaction that we have with the young people who enjoy football but also enjoy watching us as well.
‘We all come from different backgrounds and experiences and it’s important that we share those things whether we play sport or not and it’s nice for us to be able to share positive stories that will inspire lots of people to either get involved with football or involved with their communities in general.’