Midfielder played role in local communityHope Akpan was named Reading’s Community Champion for 2013/14 by the Professional Footballers Association on Friday.
The midfielder was crowned with the accolade following the publication of the PFA’s Community Player Engagement Evaluation report, which highlights the achievements and processes developed during the delivery of community, charity and non-commercial activities by the 92 professional football clubs in the 2013/14 campaign.
Player appearances have helped clubs address key social issues in Health, Education, Social Inclusion and Equalities. The result of these efforts saw 39,658 appearances take place during last season.
Building on best practice scenarios, the PFA have been able to raise standards of support and disseminate this information to other clubs and players around the country.
PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor said: “The PFA continue to provide advice, guidance and support to all its members ensuring they are fully aware of their social responsibilities. The formalisation of player appearance procedures across all 92 clubs as part of the governance through Capability Status has enabled better access to first team squads whilst bringing press officers, player liaison officers and community officers closer together.
“This social responsibility programme has been in place for almost 30 years and has allowed football clubs and its players, our members, to make a significant difference for the good in their communities.”