PNE striker Louis Moult visited the Foxton Centre on Tuesday to take part in EFL’s Day of Action.Advertisement
Louis – who has been nominated for EFL’s Communty Player of the Year 2019 – helped out at the centre to raise awareness of homelessness and alcoholism.
The issues are close to Louis’ heart, having lost his mum Vicky, 43, to alcohol abuse when he was just 15 years old.
He also has a family member who is affected by homelessness.
He said: “The work they do here is fantastic. I’m very privileged to be involved.
“As footballers people do look up to us as role models and if I can help the community and people who aren’t as lucky as us then I feel I am helping.
“When I was first asked to take part I wasn’t sure. These are sore subjects for me, but after speaking to other members of my family, I decided to turn my bad experiences into something positive.”
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Across the country, 72 EFL Clubs in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two ran activities to highlight a diverse range of social issues, from homelessness and mental health, to community cohesion and reducing plastic pollution.
Jeff Marsh, CEO of the Foxton Centre, said: “PNE are always really supportive of the work we do here, not just in terms of homelessness, but they help with coaching sessions for our young people.
“It is a real community club and that is reflected by the way they get involved with local charities.”
The results of the EFL Community Player of the Year will be announced next month.
A PNE spokesman said: “The nomination comes from Louis’ fantastic work in the community last year having only signed for the club in January 2018.
“From regular visits to Preston North End’s holiday camps to being a guest bingo caller at PNE’s Family Bingo night, North End’s No. 9 has been a valued addition both on and off the pitch over the last 12 months.”