A number of EFL Clubs were recognised and celebrated for their outstanding work in the community this afternoon, at the end of an unprecedented 12 months.
The ongoing work of EFL Clubs highlights the power of football as a force for good in a year when communities have needed them most. During the pandemic, EFL Clubs have provided critical support to the communities they serve, from delivering important food parcels to those most at risk to helping people who are isolated and suffering from loneliness.
North East & Yorkshire – Sunderland AFC
.@SunderlandAFC have been a shining light during the pandemic. ❤️— EFL (@EFL) April 28, 2021
Here’s why they’ve been named @YourMove_UK Community Club of the Year for the North East & Yorkshire region.#EFL | #EFLAwards pic.twitter.com/0CYgrJC0nn
North West – Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn @Rovers’ work in the community has been nothing short of incredible during the pandemic. 💙— EFL (@EFL) April 28, 2021
They’re the North West @YourMove_UK Community Club of the Year. #EFL | #EFLAwards pic.twitter.com/tUuB6Xk3BM
Midlands – Port Vale
.@OfficialPVFC: a true beacon of hope during the most difficult of years. 🧡— EFL (@EFL) April 28, 2021
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 is why they’re the @YourMove_UK Community Club of the Year for the Midlands. #EFL | #EFLAwards pic.twitter.com/MeddmlV9VL
London – Watford
South East & East – Portsmouth
.@Pompey have been named the South East & East @YourMove_UK Community Club of the Year.— EFL (@EFL) April 28, 2021
A simply remarkable response to COVID-19 within their local community. 💙 #EFL | #EFLAwards pic.twitter.com/CFJdoOVS55
South West & Wales – Bristol Rovers
.@Official_BRFC have delivered some amazing, life-changing work in the last 12 months. 💙— EFL (@EFL) April 28, 2021
Here’s why they’ve been named the @YourMove_UK Community Club of the Year for South West & Wales.#EFL | #EFLAwards pic.twitter.com/6lOpQUzxdx
In addition, the divisional winners of the 2021 PFA Players in the Community have also received their awards, having gone above and beyond in their communities.
2021 PFA Player in the Community divisional winners:
Championship – Will Vaulks, Cardiff City
League One – Alex Rodman, Bristol Rovers
League Two – Matty Dolan, Newport County
The overall winner of both awards will be announced at the EFL Awards, broadcast live on Sky Sports Football on Thursday 29 April at 7.30pm.
All 72 EFL Clubs have also been recognised for their collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic by being named as the recipients of the You Gov Community Project of the Year Award.