Keane Named Everton's Community Champion

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Michael Keane has been recognised for his dedication off the pitch by being named the Club’s PFA Community Champion for the 2017/18 season.

During his first year at Goodison Park, Keane became an Ambassador for Everton in the Community’s Sports Development strand - and he demonstrated admirable commitment to this role by taking part in numerous wide-ranging activities to highlight the charity's work.

Over the course of the 2017/18 season, the centre-back spared time to meet students from EitC's sixth-form programme and supported the Premier League ‘Super Movers’ initiative by visiting a primary school in Merseyside as well as taking part in a multi-sports session at The People’s Hub with local school children.

The England defender also took part in an activity to promote the importance of local foodbanks as part of the club's Blue Crimbo Christmas campaign.

And back in July, during Everton’s pre-season visit to Tanzania, Keane attended a training session for Albino United – a team consisting of players who suffer from Albinism.

Keane was presented with his award at USM Finch Farm by Phil Duffy, Executive Director of Everton in the Community.

“It’s great to win this award,” said Keane. “I’ve made quite a lot of community appearances this year and I’ve loved every one of them.

“Joining a club, you want to embrace what it is about and a big part of Everton is helping the local community. As players it’s very important that we do that.

“I did that at my last club Burnley and I’m happy to carry that on here. It’s been a pleasure.”

John Hudson, the PFA’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, congratulated Keane on his award by adding: “The PFA believes that players who make that extra effort and contribution during the season should be recognised for their support and involvement in the local community.

“The award will hopefully raise awareness of the great contribution and importance many of our members attach to their roles off the pitch. We would like to offer our congratulations to Michael.”

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