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Contribution to League Football
The Contribution to League Football Award is the EFL’s most prestigious award and is presented annually by the Board of the EFL to an individual who has given a lifetime’s service to the professional game on and/or off the pitch. The recipient of the award receives a special gold trophy honouring their contribution to the game.  
PFA Player in the Community
At all 72 EFL clubs, players are giving their support to club community schemes and making a real difference to people’s lives. The PFA Player in the Community Award honours those EFL players who have played the most significant role in supporting their club’s community work during the calendar year. Each club is asked to nominate one player from their first team squad for this award, with judges then drawing up a shortlist of individuals who have gone above and beyond that which would normally be expected of a professional player. 
Community Club of the Year
The Community Club of the Year Award recognises the EFL club community schemes that have demonstrated outstanding success at engaging their local communities in the calendar year.  The shortlist is comprised of six regional winners of the award and in deciding an overall national winner, judges considered the objectives of the scheme, breadth of delivery, innovation, impact and achievements as well as the leading individual project from the last 12 months. 
The award is managed by the EFL Trust, the EFL’s Official Charity that unites the inspirational work of the community trusts associated to the EFL’s member clubs.
Family Club of the Year
EFL clubs excel at attracting young fans and families to their grounds. By using mystery shopper families, the EFL Family Excellence Award scheme acknowledges the clubs that are delivering a fantastic family matchday experience. The Family Club of the Year honours the EFL club that best demonstrates outstanding delivery of activity to attract and retain families at games, giving them the best possible experience. In addition to an overall winner, two further clubs will be named the Nickelodeon Family Club of the year for their division.
Supporter of the Year
The EFL is all about fans supporting their team. The award recognises someone who has and continues to go above and beyond the call of duty and added that extra bit of devotion to their club and the game of football. Nominations for this award are open to members of the public, with clubs being encouraged to put forward their own nominations of someone who they believe to be committed to their club. Each of the shortlisted finalists is the EFL Supporter of the Year in their respective division, but only one will be crowed the overall winner. 
Sir Tom Finney
The Sir Tom Finney Award is presented by the EFL to a player who has had an outstanding career in its competitions and was renamed permanently in honour of the Preston North End and England legend following his death in 2014. Sir Tom’s talent, loyalty and commitment marked him out as a truly exceptional player and a model professional. We are proud that this award carries his name and that we are able to present it to those players who, like Sir Tom before them, set standards for others to aspire to.
 Championship Player of the Season
The Sky Bet Players of the Season are voted for by managers of the clubs in each division.  Each manager is asked to submit a list of their top five players from the current season in order, with the scores added up to get a shortlist and an overall winner. 
League One Player of the Season
The Sky Bet Players of the Season are voted for by managers of the clubs in each division.  Each manager is asked to submit a list of their top five players from the current season in order, with the scores added up to get a shortlist and an overall winner. 
League Two Player of the Season
The Sky Bet Players of the Season are voted for by managers of the clubs in each division.  Each manager is asked to submit a list of their top five players from the current season in order, with the scores added up to get a shortlist and an overall winner. 
Young Player of the Season
This award is presented to the best young player in the EFL under the age of 21, or in the season in which he turns 21. The young player of the season award celebrates the emergence of young playing talent at the EFL’s 72 clubs. 
 Each season EFL Clubs invest more than £60m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent. There are 8,500 young players between the ages of eight and 18 registered with EFL Clubs, making EFL Youth Development the largest centrally coordinated young player programme in world football. It is a principle that is being backed nationally through the recently launched EFL Futures campaign, which rewards clubs who introduce young English players into their starting line-ups with a £2.25million financial incentive scheme.   
 Team of the Season
The ‘Team of the Season’ sees 11 players and a manager selected from across all three EFL divisions that have made a significant contribution for their team on the field of play.
Based on a 4-3-3 formation, the selection process involves each club nominating a local media representative to select their own team just from the division their club played in.  Once the votes were counted, the 11 players who received the highest number of votes in their position and manager, were named in their respective division’s team of the season.
The 33 selected players and three managers from the Championship, League One and League Two are then put to a national judging panel to choose the final Team of the Season. Each division had to have a minimum of three representatives included. 
Goal of the Year
To find the best goal scored in EFL competitions of the calendar year, clubs are asked to nominate their best goal from the calendar year. In conjunction with Mitre and Channel Five’s Football on 5 Goal Rush show, supporters from all over help to narrow these down to a shortlist of five fantastic finishes, via a public vote. The overall winner is then decided by a vote on the night of the EFL Awards among the evening’s attendees.
 LFE Apprentice of the Year
This award aims to recognise outstanding young professionals at EFL clubs who excel both on and off the pitch.  Players registered as a first-year or second-year scholar, or as a first-year professional are eligible for this award.  Each club is asked to nominate their outstanding apprentice player, which should be one player only per club. This is a divisional award, with one winner per division and judges take into account the record of the player in all competitions since he became an apprentice, as well as his educational attainment, disciplinary record and any other outstanding achievements.