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Last Updated:  Thursday, 20 February, 2003, 16:51 GMT
Powell in line for award
Charlton defender Chris Powell
Powell has been praised for his anti-racism work
Charlton full-back Chris Powell has been shortlisted for a special Premier League Outstanding Contribution to the Community award.

Powell is one of 10 current or former players, including John Barnes, Bryan Gunn and Niall Quinn, who have been singled out for their contributions in society during the decade since the Premiership was created.

The England man has been nominated largely due to his anti-racism work in conjunction with Charlton's award-winning efforts.

Cathy Long, community affairs executive at the Premier League, said that footballers in general were investing a lot of time in their local areas.

Footballers provide a fantastic example to kids and adults alike
Cathy Long, Premier League community affairs executive

"The efforts of players in helping the important work done by all our clubs in their local communities often goes unrecognised.

"We 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.

"They provide a fantastic example to kids and adults alike on a range of issues - from youth crime and education to health awareness and anti-racism," Long said.

Powell was delighted that his name had been put forward.

"It's an honour to be considered for such an award and to be among footballers who have done so much outside of the game.

"To be honest, though, while it's nice to be mentioned, it's not something I do in order to get awards, it's just part of who I am - and I'm never going to win anyway!"

I know the players appreciate the support of our disabled fans
Alan Curbishley

Powell's club Charlton are widely respected for their work in the local community, and they are holding the first Disability Awareness Day in football on 22 February for the home Premiership match against Aston Villa.

As well as disabled children receiving football coaching on the Valley pitch at half-time, the club will also visit two local schools for children with disabilities to make donations of sports equipment.

Club community liaison officer Ben Tegg said the club were trying to use football as a means of educating people.

"The aim of the day is to dispel some of the myths around disability, while also promoting positive images of disabled people under the slogan 'One goal - for all'."

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley praised the dedication of the disabled fans and backed the club's efforts.

"I'm well aware that our disabled fans travel up and down the country supporting the team, and it's something I know the players appreciate.

"I'm delighted that Charlton are once again looking to use the power of football as an educational tool to take issues relating to disability to a wider audience", he said.




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