Royals full back given community award by the club...Royals full back, Jordan Obita, was awarded with the PFA Community Champion award on Tuesday afternoon for his great work with the Reading FC Community Trust this season.
The Reading Academy product, who has been with the Royals since the age of eight, has attended multiple sessions in his own time throughout the 2015/16 season to support the work the Community Trust does. Jordan has attended football workshops, soccer schools and after-school clubs to give advice, chat to the aspiring footballers, take part in signing sessions (and has even taken a few training sessions himself!)
The left-back was delighted to receive the award and highlighted the important role he believes footballers should have in their local area.
"It means a lot to receive the award because footballers should go out and give something back to the community,” said the defender. “It’s great to go out and talk to the kids in our own time, give them advice and help them to achieve what they want to do in life, whether that’s in football or elsewhere. It means a lot to us.”
Manager of Reading FC Community Trust, Dave Evans, presented the award to our full-back and praised Jordan’s work throughout the season - as well as highlighting how much the involvement of players with the Community Trust means to the groups they engage with.
“It’s really good that we’ve got someone like Jordan to speak to the young people and be a role model,” said Evans.
“It’s great that the players come along to soccer schools and after school clubs and courses, because that engagement between the first team players and youngsters in the local area is important; the kids look up to them.”
The PFA and club have recognised Jordan’s great effort to give something back to the local community this season by issuing him with the award.
John Hudson, PFA Director of CSR, said: “The PFA believes that all players who go above and beyond what is expected of them in support of the clubs community engagement programmes throughout the season should be recognised for their commitment.
“This Award should highlight and raise awareness of the social responsibilities and impact of our Professional Footballers off the pitch and we would like to extend our congratulations to Jordan for his work that has resulted in him winning the 2015/16 Community Champion Award.”
For more information on Reading players who have been out and about in the community this season, click here!