Tyler Roberts named PFA Community Champion for 2020/21 season

Tyler Roberts named PFA Community Champion for 2020/21 season

Forward awarded for hard work in the community.

Tyler Roberts has been recognised for his commitment to community initiatives after being named the club’s PFA Community Champion for the 2020/21 season.

The forward has played a significant role across a number of community projects through what has been a challenging year, dedicating both time and effort to engage with supporters and participants. Throughout the campaign he has specifically shown a real passion when taking part in work around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) making himself available for virtual calls, content sessions and media interviews.

Having previously dealt with racial profiling, Tyler felt strongly about being able to educate younger generations whilst offering his support to those who need it. The first diversity project the 22-year-old immersed himself in was with Kirkstall Valley Primary School during Black History Month. Throughout the creative literacy and art programme that was launched by the Leeds United Foundation, he worked closely with students to help them explore their backgrounds and family connections and learn more about different cultures.

The Leeds United star has also taken part in various filming and content sessions for the Premier League as part of their No Room For Racism (NRFR) initiative, with those resources being used nationally to fight back against all forms of discrimination. And he has also carried out a number of different media interviews throughout the season, speaking to journalist’s one-to-one and opening up to them about his personal experiences in the hopes that it could help others who may be suffering or have previously suffered with being discriminated against.

After receiving the PFA Community Champion Award, the Wales international said: “This is a special award to be recognised for and one I know my family will be proud of. I have to thank Leeds United for allowing me to express my passion and be heard on various platforms, this year has been hard for everyone and there has been issues bigger than football, but it has shown me how together and united people can be and by doing that we can make great changes.”

John Mallalieu, Chief Executive Officer at the Leeds United Foundation, added: "In this most difficult of years, Covid has been the great magnifier of challenges for society. Tyler's enthusiasm to support the Leeds United Foundation programmes and appetite to share his knowledge and commitment has been exemplary in adding value to our beneficiary activities. A thoroughly deserved award. "

Aside from the work surrounding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Tyler has also taken the time to regularly interact with members of the Leeds United fanbase over the duration of the 2020/21 campaign, delivering encouraging messages to individuals going through a difficult time and supporting a number of other Leeds United Foundation programmes and initiatives with video messages and online sessions, including Soccer Schools, NCS, Disability programmes and more.