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Mabbutt up for top award

Posted on 11 February 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Gary Mabbutt has made the short-list for the FA Premier League's 10 Seasons Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Community.

The short-list, selected after nominations from Premier League Clubs past and present, is made up of Spurs legend Gary, Warren Barton, John Barnes, Dion Dublin, Bryan Gunn, Chris Powell, Niall Quinn, Lucas Radebe, David Unsworth and Tommy Wright.

The award recognises the positive role that football has played in society over the past decade, particularly in tackling social inclusion, raising educational standards and increasing participation at all levels of football.

All players play an active role in their club’s community programmes, regularly making appearances in their local area, but this award will be presented to the player that a specially created panel believe has made a particularly outstanding contribution to the community.

The FA Premier League and its Clubs contribution to good causes is an estimated £60 million per year.

Corporate and Community Affairs Executive of The FA Premier League, Cathy Long, said: ““Our 10 seasons awards celebrate what has arguably been the most exciting decade in English football history, but we felt that it was equally important to recognise the often unsung contribution that many players make off the pitch.

“We tend to hear a lot about the responsibility of footballers as role models when a tiny minority have made mistakes, but the vast majority take their position very seriously and provide a fantastic example to kids and adults alike on a whole range of issues - from youth crime and education to health awareness and anti-racism.

"Football clubs play a vital role in the community and the efforts of players in helping the vital work done by all our clubs in their local areas, tackling social inclusion problems and developing educational standards, often goes unrecognised.

“We hope that our award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community over the first decade of the Premier League will not only reward the dedicated work of an individual player, but remind everybody of the positive role that football plays in society."

For more information contact The FA Premier League Press Office on 020 7298 1690 or go to www.premierleague.com