Shittu is Millwall's PFA Community ChampionLast week Danny Shittu was named Millwall’s PFA Community Champion for 2013/14.
Millwall and ex-Nigerian international defender Danny Shittu, is a great example to fellow professional footballers in terms of the benefits of giving back to the community.
Danny, who created his own catchy slogan ‘That’s what we do’, has been a great ambassador for Millwall Football Club both on and off the pitch in recent years. However it is the work that he has done away from football which has had a massive impact amongst people locally. Danny has been involved in various community projects.
Lewisham’s ‘10,000 Hands’ peace campaign, led by young people from every secondary school in the borough, was announced as the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award by David Cameron at Downing Street in April 2014.
Every secondary school pupil in Lewisham came together to bring the City Safe Haven campaign to the borough. The campaign offers young people across Lewisham the opportunity to lead on changes they want to see in their community and calls on members and supporters to commit to standing up against violence by adding their hand print to the campaign ‘peace cloth’.
Danny has supported the project and spoken to many young people about the dangers of being involved in violence and has also put his hand-print on the cloth. Simon Jones from the Jimmy Mizen Foundation commented ‘Danny Shittu supporting 10,000 hands is the type of high profile support we need to help raise awareness and hopefully reduce violence in our communities’
Danny added: “It’s a great pleasure to be involved in all these great and worthy projects and it shows all the hard work Millwall are doing in the community. I am an ambassador for the club and will continue to give my support to help make a positive contribution locally.”
Show Racism the Red Card recognised Millwall for 20 years of anti-racism campaigning with the club’s induction into SRtRC Hall of Fame.
Millwall hosted its annual education event in May 2014 and invited more than 100 young people from local primary schools to take part in a range of workshops. The event also offered a unique opportunity to ask relevant questions to a panel that included Danny.
Ged Grebby, Show Racism the Red Card CEO, said: “Millwall FC and players like Danny Shittu are stalwart supporters of our campaign. We believe that education is vital in tackling racism and involving players like Danny reinforces this message.”