BLUES BROTHER: Ex Chelsea Paul Elliott with his gong
FORMER FOOTBALLER and equal opportunities campaigner, Paul Elliott, CBE has won, the University of Leicester Special Recognition Award at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) on February 6.
The BEDSAs were established by Sporting Equals in 2015, to celebrate sporting excellence within Black, minority and ethnic communities and help to inspire the next generation.
The former Charlton, Aston Villa, Celtic and Chelsea defender was selected by a panel of expert judges.
Elliott had a stellar football career making over 300 professional appearance for six clubs in three countries and being named Scottish footballer of the year, whilst playing for Celtic, in 1990/91.
But it has been his work in football, since his retirement as player, which has exemplified Elliott’s true leadership qualities. He has worked tirelessly over the past three decade to end discrimination for both players and coaches. During which time,
Paul became the first former professional footballer to sit on the FA Council.
Arun Kang, chief executive officer of Sporting Equals who founded the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards said: “Paul was an easy selection for the University of Leicester Special Recognition Award, Paul has worked vigorously to fight for equality for years and we were very pleased to honour him tonight at the Lycamobile British Ethnic and Diversity Awards.”