He’s a real champ – Owls winger Michail Antonio has been named Sheffield Wednesday’s community champion for 2012/13.
Michail received the accolade in recognition of his work off the pitch this season – helping raise funds and awareness for local charities, initiatives and the club’s community programme.
Representatives from the club’s charitable arm and footballers’ union, the PFA, presented the player with a trophy on the pitch before Sunday’s last game of the season, against Middlesbrough.
Michail said: “Before I became a professional, I was involved in a lot of community schemes, so I know how important they are and how much they can mean to people.
“I’m pleased I’ve been able to play a part in the community this season and to win this award means a lot.”
The Owls star made dozens of personal appearances, including charity fundraisers, schools, hospitals and sports sessions, giving his backing to various campaigns and surprising many unsuspecting fans.
Marcus Brameld, the club’s community manager, thanked Michail for his contribution.
He said: “Having the support of the players is essential to the longevity of the SWFC community programme.
“Michail understands the importance of giving back to the community and has gone above and beyond what would be expected of a footballer.
“We look forward to working with Michail, and the rest of the team, during the 2013/14 season to aid more causes and further promote the programme.”