Sean McLoughlin named PFA Community Player of the Year for 22/23!
Posted on 30th June 2023 at 15:46
Hull City's Sean McLoughlin has received the PFA's Community Champion award for his continued work with the Tigers Trust during the 2022/23 season.
In October 2022, Sean made his first involvement with the Trust of the season through the Rainbow Laces campaign, with support from Greg Docherty, Cornerhouse volunteers, Match Ball Assistants, and PC Danny Fleming from Humberside Police. He was involved in cleaning and relacing boots that had been donated from the Trust's participants and members of the wider community, in order to provide footwear for those in need.
In 2023, during the EFL Week of Action, Sean returned with Ryan Longman to the Tigers Trust Arena. The local final of the Utilita Kids Cup was taking place there, and Westfield Primary School was the triumphant victor. Throughout the event, Sean observed and interacted with the different teams, presenting medals and certificates.
Sean also contributed to the launch of The Boot Room, an initiative created in 2022 by a group of girls, led by the Trust's Social Inclusion Team Leader Ellie Tanser. The goal of The Boot Room is to eliminate any hindrances that would stop someone from participating in sport. Since then, hundreds of individuals from the Hull and East Yorkshire area have benefited from it.
Speaking on the importance of these sessions for the community, Sean McLoughlin said:
“I thoroughly enjoy supporting the Tigers Trust with their programmes. It is clear through attending the different sessions that they play such an important role in the community and provide much-needed support to so many people. The Boot Room is a great initiative and something that will no doubt remove barriers for many people to play football. Football is a game for everyone to enjoy, so schemes like this really do help to emphasise that message. This is just one example of the powerful work the Tigers Trust do to support people in the local community, and along with the other players, I am proud to support them in any way I can."
Speaking on Sean winning the award, Tigers Trust CEO Catherine Bishop:
“It is so important to engage our players with our activity and its fantastic Sean continues to be a great supporter for our work. The impact is clear when we watch our participants whether they are in school, in the Arena or in the community – people love to engage with them. On behalf of the Trust and our communities, I would like to thank Sean for his on-going commitment. It does help make a positive difference to those we support and work with. He is definitely a worthy recipient of this special PFA award”.
The Tigers Trust are hugely grateful for Sean’s engagement with the Trust and we would like to thank him for all his efforts by awarding him with Community Player of the Year.
Tagged as: Players & Staff Engagement
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