22nd May, 2017

Pennell scoops prestigious community award

Aaron Wise 17th May, 2017 Updated: 18th May, 2017

WARRIORS full-back Chris Pennell has won the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership Rugby Community Player of the Season award.

The Worcester-born player scooped the accolade at a glittering ceremony in the Lancaster London Hotel yesterday (Wednesday), presented by BT Sport’s Craig Doyle.

During the 2016/17 season, Pennell has shown huge dedication in supporting the array of projects overseen by the Sixways side’s Community Foundation.

Over the last three years he has also worked with Warriors’ HITZ programme, SIFA Fireside, Alternative Provision School, Diabetes UK, The Aspire Academy and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The England international was up against Bath’s Semesa Rokoduguni, Saracens’ Chris Ashton, Newcastle Falcons’ Nili Latu and Bristol’s Nick Koster.

The award celebrates players who go the extra mile to make a difference in their local community through charity work, to emphasise how much Premiership rugby clubs contribute to the community in their own time.

The judging panel for the award included Rebekah Wallis, Ricoh’s people and corporate responsibility board director, Kenny Brown, Premiership Rugby’s PLAY development manager, and Debbie Bullock, Aviva UK’s community investment manager.

Former Worcester Warriors player Dean Schofield won the award in 2012.