Leeds-born James Milner hailed for ‘positive impact’ off the field

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Leeds’ very own James Milner has been honoured for his positive impact on and off the football pitch.

The Wortley-born ace, who began his career at Elland Road, has been given the Impact Award at the Leesa Northwest Football Awards.

The 31-year-old, now plying his trade at Liverpool, was recognised for his significant impact on football in the region and in particular his work off the pitch, through the James Milner Foundation. JMF has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help positively change the lives of many people.

James’s work includes working with children’s charity, the NSPCC; the blood cancer charity, Bloodwise; and Help For Heroes.

James said: “When I heard that the Leesa Northwest Football Awards judging panel were planning to recognise me for my work both on and off the pitch, I was hugely honoured.

“This is not just an award for me.

“It is for all those who have supported the Foundation since its inception, and all those we have been able to help through our crucial work.

“I am lucky that I get to do a job that I love every day, and it is very special to me that I am able to use this as a force for good to help so many others.

“I am grateful to the Leesa Northwest Football Awards for honouring me in this way.”

Laura Wolfe, managing director of Wolfesport and the Leesa Northwest Football Awards, said: “James has scored goals, won trophies and had a very successful career to date.

“But he has also used his position for so much good, significantly contributing to and positively impacting the wider communities where he has played the game.”