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PNE Fitness Coach Nominated For Award

9 November 2016

Preston North End fitness coach Dr Tom Little has been shortlisted for an award at the North West Football Awards next week.

Little is up for the Fabrice Muamba Award for Outstanding Service to Football Medicine and Science, in association with the Football Medical Association. 

Tom joined PNE in the summer of 2014, bringing with him a wealth of sport science experience. 

His move to North End saw him reunited with PNE boss Simon Grayson after the pair worked together at Huddersfield Town. 

Liltte has worked for a host of clubs before coming to Deepdale, and has enjoyed his time in PR1 so far, having helped PNE to promotion in his first season. 

Speaking of his nomination for the award, Little said: "It is a real honour, I was certainly surprised to say the least. Normally it would follow some kind of accolade like getting promoted or something. 

"You have to be nominated by somebody and I have no idea who has actually done that but it's a huge honour. 

"I've been doing it now for, not quite 20 years, but I'm getting there. It's been 17 years now so to be recognised in some manner is a really nice feeling. 

"I think part of it is to do with working within football and having a degree  of success in that and contributing to sports science in that way but I think it is also to do with the Prostate Cancer charity ride we did earlier this year. 

"As a team I represented the FMA as well as PNE and we managed to raise a bucket load of money, mainly thanks to the help of everyone at Preston in particular and the manager who played a massive part in arranging fund raisers then throwing it my way and I'm very grateful for that. 

"It's obviously isolated down to the North West clubs but even so it's tremendous to recognise people within this region as well so I am very honoured and I'm looking forward to the night now.

Despite his success in his career so far, Little insists it is a team effort and praised the management staff and playing squad at Deepdale for their commitment to the work he does. 

"We have been successful, especially the medical science team, we are all together as a coaching unit but we are sub-unit within that. The main thing is that we have success on the pitch but what contributes to that is having a good injury record and making sure that players are fit.

"The stats support the fact we are doing a good job as well, but we only give the orders, the players apply themselves to do everything that comes through the manager and that we do. 

"Any of our success if fully down the the management and the coaching staff and the players." 

Little faces competition from Dr Joyce Watson of Accrington Stanley FC and Kathryn Wise of Liverpool Ladies FC for the accolade. The winner will be announced at the North West Football awards on Monday 14th November.

 of the Year and non- Premier League Community Club of the Year and Greg Cunningham and Alan Browne shortlisted for Championship Player of the Year and Rising Star awards respectively. InitiativeNorth End have four other nominations on the night, with the PNE Community And Education Trust up for Community

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