Midfielder presented with ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Player’ award
CHRIS Brunt has tonight been honoured by The Albion Foundation for his years of dedication to the Club’s work in the local community.
The 32-year-old midfielder was presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Player’ gong by Baggies fan and Foundation ambassador ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley.
Brunt picked up the accolade at The Hawthorns where the Club’s official charity celebrated its quarter century with the ‘Foundation Stars’ event.
The Northern Ireland international has attended almost 100 Foundation events during his ten-year stay at The Hawthorns, immersing himself into the sessions on offer and inspiring young people along the way.
Speaking after receiving his award, Brunt spoke of his pride at being given the accolade.
"It's great - a bit of a shock!
"It's part of the job we do. People see us every week on the football pitch but it's important to do other things to help bring the Club forward.
"The work of the Foundation is fantastic and the amount it's progressed in my time here is incredible.
"It's not hard work, we all enjoy getting involved. I thoroughly enjoy it."
Albion Foundation Director Rob Lake emphasised the work done by Brunt for the charity.
“Chris is a really rounded, genuine guy.
“Whenever he turns up for anything he’s got a genuine interest.
“He connects with the guys in the community, our staff and remembers people’s names.
“He has over the years come to a number of events, he’s spoken really well, he’s an intelligent guy, he gets it, he understands it and is able to portray it.
“Having someone to do that at that level just really is the icing on the cake for us at the Foundation and he’s been a brilliant ambassador for the Club over many years.”
The charity’s director also gave praise to the other players who regularly attend Foundation events.
“We’re very fortunate at this football club, I think as a playing staff they are really great people.
“Whenever we get them to our events they’re superb.”