WORCESTER Warriors full-back Chris Pennell has won the Aviva Premiership Community player of the season award.

The Worcester born-and-bred star has excelled with his work in the community.

He volunteers in his own time to support the work of the Warriors Community Foundation and act as a bridge between the foundation and the Professional Rugby Department.

The 30-year-old takes an active role in the innovation, development and delivery of foundation programmes as well as his responsibility as a Trustee.

Pennell's diary is full of appointments with local charities, hospitals and schools.

He inspires disengaged young children to make positive life choices, particularly those on our HITZ programme and at our partner Alternative Provision School.

Using his own life experiences and challenges, Pennell is keen to support people to overcome their health issues and fears - especially young people who struggle to manage their diabetes.

Over the last three years, Pennell has made a positive impact on individuals and community organisations such as:

SIFA Fireside – homeless drop-in centre.

Diabetes UK – Mentor for young people struggling to manage their diabetes.

HITZ – always on hand to mentor some of our young learners.

The Aspire Academy.

Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Pennell has also formed a player steering group.

Using his expertise as an exceptional rugby player, Pennell is able to advise on the development of new programmes such as our ground-breaking development of Rugby for the Visually Impaired, in which he is playing a pivotal role in its development.