Edwards Scoops Community Award

Tom Edwards

TOM EDWARDS’ season has ended on a high after being named as Stoke City’s 2018/19 Community Champion.

The 20-year-old defender has been recognised for the contribution he has made to the Club’s commitments in the community.

Over the past 10 months, the Academy graduate has attended a number of community-led initiatives in the city and surrounding areas.

And it was during his final appearance of the season at his former secondary school, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, where he collected the award.

Adrian Hurst, Head of the Club’s Community Trust, said: “It was a very easy decision for us to select Tom as our Community Champion this season. 

“Nothing was ever too much trouble for Tom and he was very eager to come out and help to support our programmes.

“Tom takes the role of a professional footballer very seriously and understands how it can be used to have a positive influence on people in our community."

He added: “We thought it was a fantastic and fitting idea for Tom to head back to his old secondary school to receive the award from a couple of current pupils.”

Tash Tezgel meanwhile collected the Ladies’ Community Champion accolade during the half time interval at last month’s Championship fixture against Rotherham United.

Hurst expressed: “This is the first year we have recognised the contribution of the Ladies squad within our community and Tash is a deserving winner.

“Tash has been excellent in the way she has supported a number of our initiatives, taking time off from work on a number of occasions to do so.

“We are proud to give the Ladies team a platform to have a positive impact in our community and to help raise their profile.”