Another Award For Coventry City Fan

Last updated : 31 December 2011 By Covsupport News Service/RD

Coventry City fan Kev Monks has won his second award of the season, the Level Playing Fields' Joseph Wratten Award Fan of the Year 2011.

In March this year, Kev won the NPower Football League Fan of the Year at the Football League Awards in London.

The Level Playing Fields (formerly known as the National Association of Disabled Supporters, NADS) make several awards each year and one of the new ones is the Joseph Wratten Award which Kev has won.

Kev has not missed a first team game since 1989 and even then it took heavy snow to prevent him from getting to Merseyside to watch Coventry at Everton. When the senior side aren't playing he will be at the Alan Higgs Centre watching the youth team or at a Coventry Sphinx game or even a Coventry Ladies game.

He is involved with the Covsupport News Service to keep Coventry City fans worldwide abreast of the latest news. He also serves on the Diamond Club committee, a club for  supporters who have followed City for 50 years or more, helpls with Coventry Sphinx publicity and is on the committee of the Coventry Charity Football Cup which raises around £10k a year for local charities.

He also worked on the Jimmy Hill appeal committee which raised the funds and organised the statue that now graces the main entrance at The Ricoh Arena.

That anyone can be so dedicated is admirable enough, but Kev does all this while suffering from Parkinson's Disease, uncontrollalbe seizures and a back problem which makes his achievements even more remarkable.

Joseph Wratten suffers from Soto's syndrome, which attacks his lungs and digestive system and was only 19 when he died last year. He was a passionate West Ham fan who followed his side around the country just like Kev does to watch the Sky Blues. 

The  Joseph Wratten Award, which was founded by his mother June, is to be awarded to a disabled sports supporter who has gone that bit further than the rest. June was one of the judges of the inaugural award.

LPF Joseph Wratten Award is to be awarded to the fan who has been a real advocate for social inclusion and equality as a sports fan. The LPF were looking for someone special, someone who has pushed the boundaries so that disabled people can be equally active when following their chosen sport.

A spokesman for the LPF said that Kev's nomination stood out above all others.