Reda is hailed a star - off the pitch

Sheffield Wednesday's Reda Johnson (left) recieves his PFA Player in the Community award from PFA Chairman Richie Humphreys at the Football League Awards 2014.

Sheffield Wednesday's Reda Johnson (left) recieves his PFA Player in the Community award from PFA Chairman Richie Humphreys at the Football League Awards 2014.

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Sheffield Wednesday star Reda Johnson has been honoured for his work with a special school in the city.

He won the PFA Player in the Community Award for helping youngsters at Norfolk Park School.

The Benin international led an initiative to raise £10,000 for a sensory learning system, which projects images onto floors and doors, donating £5,000 himself, and has made over 100 visits to community events over the last three years.

He made a special connection with a seven-year-old Sophie Hind-Marsh, who has locked-in syndrome and could only move her eyes until his visit when she began to smile.

The award was at a ceremony in London in front of more than 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.

Reda said: “I think helping the community is very important. It is part of the job. We play football, we are very happy, football gives us a lot and we have a chance to do a sport we enjoy.

“Sometimes you have to think about other people and try to help those who need it. Sometimes it is not only about money, it is just a smile, you go to see people and try to make their lives a bit easier.”

He was also conscious of problems in Africa. “I help there when I go to Benin.”