Max Dyche and Jo Daniel have been named as the club’s PFA Community Champions for the 2022/23 season.
The PFA Community Champion is an award that aims to raise the awareness of the support that its members offer to the community projects run by the Northampton Town FC Community Trust throughout the course of the season. The two awards, which showcase all of the great work the club has done on and off the pitch this season, were presented at the Annual End of Season Dinner last weekend.
Max has supported several initiatives this season including attending events, holiday course appearances and matchday activities. However, his main impact was within the club's Planet League victory in November where Max was an integral part of promoting the project and completing challenges himself. He is professional and engaging at appearances quickly building rapports with NTFC supporters (young and old) and is always open when talking to fans on matchdays and at community events. He has been an excellent role model and is able to impact everyone he meets leaving a smile on their face.
Dyche said “I am very proud to have won this award. This is a club with a very strong connection to the local community and the wards the club have won for their community work are evidence of that. As players we do all we can to support that work and I am delighted to have been recognised for playing a part in that work.”
Jo is the second winner of the Female PFA Community Champion award and has been supportive to several club and community projects/ programmes including raising the profile of female football in the local community. She has gone out of her way to attend events and player appearances, fitting this in around her full-time work and women’s team training and playing. She has often made appearances in her own free time evidencing the excellent commitment to the wider women’s game.
Daniel said: “As a player at Northampton Town, I have had the privilege to attend and support some of the great sessions the club deliver and act as a role model to inspire young players by telling them our stories and help show them that they can be a part of the future of the game. Giving these opportunities to young players will grow and increase the talent and continue to bring female football the success it so deserves. I am so honoured to be part of such a committed and dedicated bunch of players and coaching staff at NTFC Women and at the Community Trust who are passionate about the development of female football."
Maheta Molango – CEO at the Professional Footballers’ Association added: “The PFA has once again been immensely proud of the outstanding efforts of players this season and we feel they should be recognised for their support and involvement in the local community. The Award will hopefully raise awareness of the importance many of our members attach to their roles off the pitch and highlight their continued commitment to support those most in need along with engaging in areas where they have a personal interest. We would like to offer our congratulations to this season’s recipient of the 2022/23 PFA Community Champion Award.”
The impact the players have had on the work across the Community Trust this year has been brilliant, in what has remained a challenging time for everyone. Congratulations to Max and Jo for winning these awards and our thanks goes to them and the rest of their squads for their ongoing support.
For more information on the Northampton Town FC Community Trust and the programmes offered, please visit ntfccommunity.co.uk