By Tony Dewhurst
Samantha Hoare has dedicated her Every Player Counts Player of the Year Award to her late father.
Samantha, who was presented her award by 1966 World Cup legend and Football Pools ambassador Roger Hunt (pictured)at the bmrb Grass Roots Football Show at Birmingham's NEC,coaches and stars for the Milton Keynes Dons disability team winning her the London and South East award.
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.
"My dad would be proud of me, I know he would," said Samantha, a season ticket holder at the Milton Keynes Dons.
"Dad was the biggest influence in my life, and would be so happy to see me playing football because he always encouraged me to do things.
"I love the game so this is a very special thing to happen."
MK Dons Disability Officer Karl White said the npower League 1 club was proud of Samantha's achievements.
He said: "Sam is a great character and leads by example so the award is a thoroughly deserved one.
"She has really developed as a person during her time with the club and the other girls all seem to relate to her because she is so popular.
"Sam's commitment is unquestionable as a player and now as a coach."
The Football League Trust's National Project Manager Mike Evans said: "We have over 10,000 participants on our Every Player Counts programme each year, and some amazing people nominated for the Player of the Year Awards.Sam is a worthy winner and will inspire others to become involved in the future."
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