Emily Named Sheffield United’s Community Captain During Premier League’s ‘More Than A Game’ Campaign 

The Premier League’s ongoing ‘More Than A Game’ campaign is showcasing how its wide-ranging investment into all levels of football enables people connected to clubs to have a positive impact on their local communities.

Clubs across the Premier League, EFL and National League are naming a Community Captain, somebody at the heart of their Premier League-funded programmes who deserves recognition for their commitment and contribution to the game and society.

Sheffield United FC and Sheffield United Community Foundation are proud to announce Emily Keenan as our representative Premier League Community Captain. Emily has been recognised for her incredible work as a Wellbeing Coach, particularly with our Fans Fighting Cancer programme.

Emily was awarded with a bespoke print, captain’s armband and pennant as a thank you for her much-appreciated dedication and hard work by Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder ahead of this past Sunday’s match against Brighton.

Emily spoke about how proud she was to be named Premier League Community Captain: “To receive an award for a job I love is very special. Our participants make my job so enjoyable. I don’t feel like I do anything special, I’m just me!”

Katie Glossop, Senior Manager at Sheffield United Community Foundation said: “We’re thrilled to recognise Emily as Community Captain and she is very modest in her acceptance of this award. It’s a brilliant way to acknowledge and show our appreciation of the work Emily does every week supporting participants across our health and wellbeing programmes.

Emily was also given a surprise visit from Blades defender Auston Trusty at one of our Fans Fighting Cancer sessions at Leisure United Thorncliffe.

Stephen Raynor, PFA Community Liaison Executive said: “It is fantastic to see our member, Auston here today giving his time and support to the great work of the Foundation by not only attending a Walking Football session, but also for surprising and presenting Emily with the Premier League Community Captain Award creating life long memories for the participants and of course, Emily during his visit.”

Between 2022 and 2025, the Premier League has committed £1.6 billion of investment for wider football and communities. The League invests in community projects run by 164 professional and non-league clubs, supporting people of all ages who need it most through focused initiatives and programmes targeting local needs.

One of the Premier League’s longest-standing investment projects is the development of grassroots facilities in partnership with The FA and Government through the Football Foundation. Over the last 24 years, total grants in excess of £1 billion have resulted in better places to play in communities throughout the country.

To find out more about the campaign, please visit: www.premierleague.com/morethanagame and use #PLMoreThanAGame on social media.