Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has nominated Romaine Sawyers, as the Club’s Community Player of The Year at the 2018 English Football League Awards. All 72 Football League club’s put forward a player who they think has made a significant contribution to their community scheme throughout the last 12 months. This is then whittled down to a shortlist for the awards evening. Now in its 13th year, the awards ceremony will take place at The London Hilton Hotel on Sunday 15 April.
Luis Melville, Community Development Manager, said: “It’s very difficult for us to pick out one single player; we are extremely fortunate to have a squad that understands what we are trying to do within our local area. However, we know we must pick one, and we chose Romaine because of the way he has connected his role as a Kick It Out ambassador with the work we do here at Brentford. For example, he actively took part in a disabilities deaf workshop. He learned how to sign and understand the world of deaf people – along with the challenges they face.”
This is the Bees midfielder’s second nomination of the season – following on from being shortlisted for English Football League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards earlier this month. Romaine has had an excellent season for the Bees; scoring five goals and electrifying crowds at Griffin Park. He has also enjoyed his time supporting the Trust off the pitch.
Romaine said: “I'm delighted and proud to have been nominated as Brentford FC Community Sports Trust's Player of The Year. As a player, it would be easy for me to be wrapped up in football, but being an Ambassador with Kick It Out has enabled me to meet participants and get involved in the Trust's projects. This gives me the opportunity to understand the issues they face, and to contribute positively through my own experiences.”