Adam Lawrence of Stapenhill, has been named as Burton Albion FC’s Community Captain in recognition of his incredible work in the local area on our Premier League Kicks project.

The Community Captain accolade is being given to more than 100 members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution to their club and local community, as part of the Premier League’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Presentations to the Captains form part of the Premier League Trophy Tour, which is visiting more than 50 professional, non-league and women’s clubs across England and Wales who receive funding from the Premier League.

Adam received the accolade at the Pirelli Stadium. He was awarded a PL30 Community Captain armband and pennant. A plaque engraved with Adam’s name was also added to the Premier League Trophy plinth.

Burton Albion Mens first team manager Dino Maamria, who presented Adam’s Community Captain award, said: “Burton Albion always looks after its community and it’s a privilege to present the award to someone who reinforces that message on a daily basis!”.

Adam, who has been a community coach at the trust for almost 10 years said: “I’m buzzing to receive the award. I’ve never really done this job for any recognition. It’s just nice to see faces old and new on our Kicks sessions and I love interacting with them all the time!”.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “As we mark 30 years since the Premier League first kicked off, it is important we celebrate the unsung heroes who deliver brilliant work in their communities. These people – whether they are participants, coaches, volunteers or long-time employees – are the lifeblood of their clubs and their communities.

“The continued success of Premier League football enables us to provide unprecedented investment in communities and wider football. As we look to the future, we are committed to investing more than ever, to help develop the game and provide opportunities to people of all ages.”

Premier League Kicks is supported with Premier League funding to run six sessions a week all over East Staffordshire. The sessions are free and anyone between the ages 6-16 can join in with the range of activities available.

Across England and Wales, Premier League investment supports the community organisations of all 92 Premier League and English Football League clubs, plus the 68 National League clubs.

Over the next three years, the League will continue its world-leading levels of support by contributing £1.6 billion to communities and the wider game.

During the Trophy Tour, the League will be announcing new financial commitments to benefit fans and communities. This includes increased investment into the Premier League Fans’ Fund, with £5m available to support fan engagement projects across the top four divisions of the football pyramid. The League is also investing an additional £13.5 million into the Football Foundation to create small-sided pitches in the heart of communities that need them the most. The tour will also give an opportunity to highlight new Premier League investment into women’s and girls’ football, including the Emerging Talent Centres announced earlier this summer.

To find out more, please visit premierleague.com

For more information on the Premier League Trophy Tour please contact: PL30@freuds.com