By Tony Dewhurst
Martin Griffiths capped a dream season with a special award after seeing Swansea City promoted to the Premier League.
The Swansea City Community Worker landed the South West regional prize for his unstinting work behind the scenes at The Liberty Stadium and now he is celebrating again.
Martin, who is registered blind, said: "Since I got involved in the community scheme at Swansea City I've never looked back.
"It changed my life completely and I love the work."
He added: "I had no idea about the award, everybody kept it a big secret at Swansea, so I was shocked to win it.
"I never thought I'd get an award like this.
"Watching Swansea at Wembley was special, but this prize has made me incredibly proud."
The Every Player Counts scheme is a leading project of The Football League Trust, supported by The Football Pools, delivering a three-year disability programme to develop sporting opportunities for people with all types of disability.
Linden Jones, Swansea's Community Officer, said: "We are very proud of Martin because he is a special person and deserves this award for his incredible work.
"Martin started off as a volunteer through the disability groups at the football club and he has and continues to make a massive contribution.
"Martin has achieved all this despite being registered blind and is a credit to the club and the scheme."
The Football League Trust's National Project Manager Mike Evans said: "Martin is the only person involved on the Every Player Counts programme, out of 10,000 participants, who was nominated as both a Player of the Year and an Unsung Hero of the Year. He is an outstanding individual and we are very proud to have Martin as an award winner.''
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