Emmerson Boyce nominated for Football League Community Player of the Year.
- Emmerson Boyce nominated for Football League 2014 Community Player of the Year.
- Worked alongside Wigan community since joining Latics in 2006.
- Ambassador for Wigan Athletic, Community Trust, Joseph’s Goal and Street Soccer USA.
Wigan Athletic’s Emmerson Boyce has been nominated for the Football League’s 2014 Community Player of the Season Award, which is sponsored by the PFA.
Since joining Latics in 2006, Emmerson has been a fantastic ambassador for the Club, making numerous appearances at Community Trust events throughout each season and becoming an ambassador for local charity, Joseph’s Goal, alongside his wife, Lucy.
Outside of Wigan, Emmerson is an international ambassador for the Street Soccer USA organisation, that develops sports programs to help the homeless across the USA.
Throughout 2014, Emmerson went over and above expectation to go into the local and wider community, to assist the Club, Community Trust, Joseph’s Goal and Street Soccer USA, wherever he could.
Last summer, Emmerson was at the launch of the new ‘Believe Square’, which was created to celebrate the sporting success that the town of Wigan have had in recent years.
He also helped to organise the players’ annual Christmas visits, where they took gifts to the youngsters at Wigan Infirmary’s Rainbow Ward, Hope School, Midstream Centre and Willow Grove School.
Emmerson said: “It’s great for the team to have the opportunity to come and do these visits to the hospital and in the community. The players love being able to come and give presents out to the children and to put a smile on their faces.
He added: “My son was in hospital recently, so to come down here and do this visit is really meaningful; I know how the parents feel and I understand what they’re going through.”
Emmerson also visited several Community Trust events throughout the year, including refereeing the Wigan final of the Girls Cup, organised by the Football League and meeting participants of the Fit Fans scheme and presenting them with their own Wigan Athletic shirts.
For Joseph’s Goal, Emmerson attended and spoke at the first annual Charity Ball at the DW Stadium, as well as supporting his wife, Lucy, as she ran the Wigan 10K in aid of the charity.
Paul Kendrick, founder of Joseph’s Goal, said: “Emmerson Boyce continues to be the perfect ambassador for Joseph’s Goal. He helped to lift the charity from the regional, to the national and global stage when, as Wigan Athletic captain, he carried Joseph onto the field at the FA Cup final in 2013.
“He continues to give us fantastic support by appearing at numerous public events, to help raise the profile, and his wife Lucy has also got involved in sponsored runs and bike rides on our behalf.
“He represents the Club immaculately both on and off the field and we are very proud of our association with him.”