Eastbourne resident David Bennett has been awarded the Brighton & Hove Albion Foundation Award at this year’s Player’s Awards.

David, who also celebrated his 39th birthday in August, has Down’s Syndrome and is an avid football player and supporter. He received the Award for ‘brightening up the Club’s programme’ having attended the Foundation’s disability programme for 25 years.

According to mum, Maureen Bennett, “He’s always been a ball of energy and loved football, so these training sessions have been amazing for him. They’ve helped him develop his football, social skills and so much more. My late husband, Cliff, took him along every week and would be so proud of this Award, as all the family are.”

The Foundation is the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion. Formerly known as AITC (Albion in the Community), it provides educational and outreach programmes including training sessions for people with disabilities.

The Award was presented at the Club’s annual Player’s Awards event among 400+ guests at the AMEX Stadium.

To find out more about The Foundation, visit bhafcfoundation.org.uk

Or find it on Facebook @BHAFC

There is also a video on the Official Brighton & Hove Albion FC You Tube channel about David’s Foundation Award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vjpTORAKkA

David at home proudly holding his award