Millwall defender Danny Shittu has won the PFA Player in the Community Award at The Football League Awards 2015.Shittu received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.
The Football League Awards 2015 mark the 10th year of the awards, which celebrate on and off pitch excellence across The League’s 72 clubs. This year all 72 clubs were nominated for at least one award.
Shittu beat off competition from Reading’s Hope Akpan and Leyton Orient’s Elliot Omozusi to claim the PFA Player in the Community Award.
Danny’s work in the community has been outstanding over the last year. He has embraced his role as an ambassador, not only for Millwall, but for football in general. He has been inducted into the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ Hall of Fame and named Millwall’s PFA community champion.
On winning the award, Danny Shittu said: "It means a lot because it's not something I do to be acknowledged. It means a lot and it shows they appreciate the work you're doing. We as footballers make a big difference and I think we forget that sometimes. We are such important people in society and we have to do our part in helping the future. It means so much."
For this award clubs were asked to nominate one player who has played the most significant part in supporting their club’s community programme during the 2014 calendar year.
Judges were looking to recognise someone whose involvement has gone above and beyond that which would normally be expected of a professional player. This could be either across a broad range of community programmes or in support of one particular activity.
Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The 10th Football League Awards has given us the opportunity to reward outstanding performance, both on and off the pitch, during what has been a memorable Football League season.
"Each of our winners thoroughly deserves this recognition and, once again, we've seen exceptional levels of talent, dedication and achievement across all our nominees."
The Football League Awards 2015 were streamed live on The Football League's official YouTube channel and website, while highlights will be shown on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening at 6:15pm and 9:15pm.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com or search for #FLAwards on Twitter, and other social media.