Josh Brownhill and Olivia Wilson have been named as Burnley Football Club’s 2021/22 PFA Community Champions for their contributions in the local community.
The award, which is provided by the Professional Footballers’ Association, is given to a player from every club, with Brownhill and Wilson recognised as Clarets Community Champions.
It aims to raise awareness of players’ community activities throughout the campaign.
Having led by example on the pitch, Brownhill and Wilson are now making valuable contributions off the field by engaging with the community.
They have both been involved with the Foodbank at Burnley FC in the Community Kitchen, making visits to the facility, while BFC Women’s defender Wilson kindly donated hand-made hampers at Christmas and Easter.
Midfielder Brownhill also campaigned for local businesses across Burnley and Pendle, which highlighted what they have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.
After receiving his award, Josh said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win the Burnley FC in the Community Champion award this year.
“The community is something I have looked to have worked closely with, since joining the Club.
“From helping out the local businesses, to visiting the town centre foodbank at Christmas.
“I think it’s important to keep the local community engaged and connected with the club and that’s something I have enjoyed doing throughout this season.”
Olivia added: “I feel extremely privileged to win the Community Champion award.
“The past couple of years have been really difficult for everybody, with Covid-19 and the cost-of-living increasing, some people are less fortunate than others and many struggle.
“Burnley FC in the Community’s foodbank has done a fantastic job to ease the pressure on those people but it’s not easy and I wanted to help in any way I could.
“By making food parcels and donating treats and gifts to the local community, I hoped to put a smile on the face of those who need it most as-well as helping all the staff who work within the community as they do an incredible job.
“Winning this award makes me so proud and I am incredibly grateful and honoured to receive it. I would however like to accept it on behalf of all the staff and people who go unrecognised in this process of helping out the local community, as they are the real champions.”
Burnley Football Club and Burnley FC in the Community would like to congratulate Josh and Olivia on their Community Champions Award.
To find more about Burnley FC in the Community, please visit: Burnley FC in the Community, the Official charity of Burnley FC (burnleyfccommunity.org)