Colchester United midfielder Louis Dunne has been chosen as the club's PFA Community Champion for the 2018/19 campaign.
A product of the club's Academy, Louis has been a regular at Colchester United's Football in the Community courses over the past nine months, as well as giving up much of his own time to engage with grassroots clubs and other local organisations.
Football in the Community's Community Development Manager Tom Tayler said: "Louis has been one of our most reliable and engaging players when it comes to visits to the Football in the Community programmes.
"He regularly receives glowing feedback for his efforts when attending courses or visiting schools and is a first class ambassador for the club.
"Having come through the youth and Academy ranks at the club, Louis understands the importance of the club badge and player visits when going out into the local community and has been a regular visitor to grassroots club to help with presentations and training sessions.
"His long standing relationship with local side St Edmunds Youth has been well received by players, coaches and parents alike."
Louis was pleased to have been given the award, which was presented to him by the PFA's Community Liaison Executive Dave Palmer at half time at Saturday's game against Oldham Athletic.
Louis added: "Having been involved with the Football in the Community programmes myself at a very young age, I always enjoy going along to their sessions and getting to meet those now taking part.
"The United Against Knife Crime project was one I found very interesting and I have been happy to lend my support to by visiting schools as part of the delivery sessions."