Defender talks about being shortlisted for Player in the Community AwardOrient defender Elliot Omozusi spoke of his pride at being shortlisted for the Player in the Community Award in association with the Football League Awards.
This is the second successive season where the 26-year-old has been nominated for the award, with the winner due to be announced at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London on Sunday, April 19.
Omozusi was delighted that he has been recognised for his community work once again, and he also praised Community Liaison Officer Howard Gould for his time and effort.
“It’s pleasing to be shortlisted. There’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes which go into it and it is nice to get a bit of recognition for it,” said Omozusi.
“Howard Gould and I have put a lot of hard work into it and he deserves just as much credit as I do. He puts in a lot of his time and effort as well.
“Between me and Howard we have tried to cover all the bases and it’s nice to be recognised for such an award.
“It’s definitely not why we are doing it. First and foremost I have got a story to tell and the more people I can touch and the more people I can guide in the right path the better it is.”
Omozusi is adding another string to his bow this season by mentoring local resident Dominic Crichlow. Dominic, 24, who lives in Leytonstone, has a similar background to Elliot, spending his youth growing up on an impoverished estate in one of the more deprived areas of London, attaching himself to a gang and ultimately spending time in prison for various public order offences.
“I feel proud of what I have done and I am happy with the way things are going. Hopefully we can keep going and set things up for years to come,” he added.
“We have been carrying on the good work from last year. Earlier in the year I took Dominic Crichlow under my wing so I have been mentoring him. He is doing really well in terms of work.
“It’s pleasing for me to see him doing so well and coming out the other side turning his life around and doing the positive stuff he is doing.
“I am in a position of privilege and I know that now more than ever. If and when I can give a little bit back I am happy to do so.
“We have been working closely with the local police visiting youth centres and schools. I can’t do as much as maybe I would like but we are happy with the way things are going.”