Cambridge United’s Liam O’Neil has been named as the 2017/18 EFL Sky Bet League Two PFA Player in the Community. Liam will receive the prestigious award on Sunday 15th April at the EFL Awards ceremony in London.

Liam, who grew up locally to Cambridge, was nominated for his involvement across a wide range of community activities including match report writing projects in local primary schools which encourage children to have an interest in writing. He has also been a strong advocate of Cambridge United’s mental health project including providing video content for lessons delivered in secondary schools. Liam also spoke about the importance of the Community Trust’s work at the launch of Cambridge United’s Community strategy Game Plan 2020 in December.

Liam commented, “It’s a privilege to be in a position where people might look at you as role model and I want to use that position as positively as possible. Having grown up around Cambridge I’m really glad that I can play a part in supporting the important work of Cambridge United in our local community and I’m humbled to have been recognised for this award.”

Ben Szreter, Cambridge United Community Trust CEO, said “Liam has been an exceptional asset to Cambridge United’s community work, he is always willing to be involved and takes that involvement above and beyond what is expected. Having grown up in the area he really understands the importance of Cambridge United to our local community and he is committed to ensuring we as a club can have as big an impact in our community as possible. Liam thoroughly deserves this award and everyone at Cambridge United is delighted he has been recognised in this way.

You can read more about the award and Liam's community work in this week's Cambridge Independent.