McShane’s work in the community is recognised after being names as the PFA Community Champion for 2016/17Royals skipper Paul McShane has been awarded the PFA Community Champion award for his work in the local community during the course of season 2016/17. He was awarded the trophy by members of the Community Trust in front of a group of Special Educational Needs students from Berkshire College of Agriculture who he has previously met on several occasions and were understandably delighted for Paul.
As Disability Ambassador for the Reading FC Community Trust he has been very active in his support of the Special Educational Needs community in particular, and has attended several Community Trust run workshops, sports sessions and events this season.
Community Trust Manager Dave Evans said: “From my point of view working with kids with disabilities is where we need the most inspirational figures – who best to meet them than someone like Paul. When he comes up and talks to them or takes part, it makes their day, it makes their year! Having a player like Paul involved is huge for us!”
Discussing the motivations behind his decision to volunteer for the position of Disability Ambassador and his role so far, Paul said: “You recognise their faces from previous visits, they get to know you, it’s a special bond. It’s great to see how happy and joyful they are and that’s the motivation for me."
PFA Director of Corporate Social Responsibility John Hudson added: “The PFA believes that players who make that extra effort and contribution during the season should be recognised for their support and involvement in the local community.
"This Award will hopefully raise awareness of the great contribution and importance many of our members attach to their roles off the pitch. We would like to offer our congratulations to Paul McShane”.
Check out the video above to hear Paul talk through his role as Disability Ambassador and Community Trust Manager Dave Evans discussing the impact of our skipper.
For other examples of player visits, click here to access our Royals in the Community page.
Reading FC Community Trust is a registered charity and is the community arm of the football club, engaging, developing and educating young people within various community groups within the local Reading and surrounding areas, delivering a range of sessions through 5 main activity pillars – Health, Education, Social Inclusion/Community Cohesion, Sports Participation and Recruitment.
The Community Trust engage with over 3500 participants on a weekly basis developing programmes of work through schools, colleges, youth clubs/services, grass root teams, sports centres and universities working alongside the football club in delivering player appearances, and match day experiences to young people and families.