Spireites skipper wins PFA Community Player of the Year award

Spireites captain Will Evans has been named PFA Community Player of the Year following his contribution to community projects in the 2019/20 season.

Will played a key role in organising the player visits during the campaign, but it was his support during lockdown that is especially recognised this year.

Keith Jackson, the Trust’s head of sport and activities, said: “I have to start by saying that the group have been fantastic all season and the manager has also supported the work we do.

“Laurence Maguire needs a mention as he is always willing to help out and has been a big supporter of our pan-disability group; the kids there absolutely love him.

“Joe Rowley has also stepped in several times at the last minute to visit schools and has really been a big help.”

“Will has been flexible throughout the season and backed a number of our projects.

“World Book Day, Education Days and our own Reading Stars project were some that stood out, as well as doing school visits.

“Once we went into lockdown, Will offered to help in any way he could, recording videos for supporters, doing Q&As, organising the players for videos to thank the NHS and for Spireites Team-mates.

“He also helped out with coaching at the Trust’s Junior Academy and visiting Camp Inspire. He gets us and what we do and that is a huge help to have the club captain on board.”

Following the presentation, Will said: “It’s an honour to be presented with this award and I’m delighted.

“It’s nice to be recognised for the work we’ve done trying to keep people engaged with the club during lockdown, particularly the young fans.

“I’ve enjoyed getting involved with the new youth development set up and doing my part with the coaching to help out.

“I always enjoy the interactions we have with youngsters in schools and in the community and I just hope we can get back to doing it all again soon.

“On behalf of the lads, it’s something we do enjoying doing.”

*Will Evans is pictured with Keith Jackson at the Technique Stadium after receiving his award.