QPR midfielder Dom Ball has been named as our PFA Community Champion this season.
The 25-year-old arrived in west London in July 2019 has gone on to play a key role in many community projects which are run by QPR in the Community Trust.
Ball - recently named as one of seven Trust ambassadors - has been at the forefront of the work we have done with Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank and the Foodbank DoorSteppers.
Throughout the pandemic, Ball took it upon himself to make a personal donation to Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank, with the midfielder then in attendance at our EFL Day of Action event in March, which saw first-team manager Mark Warburton helping local charity Foodbank DoorSteppers with their weekly collection.
When speaking about the award, Ball told www.qpr.co.uk: “To be recognised like this is hugely humbling.
“A lot of the players in the team have done their fair bit of work for the community this season, so to come away with an award for it is a fantastic feeling.
“The Community Trust have done so much great work this year, during what has been a very tough time across the world, but to be able to help on a few occasions is the very least I could do.
“We are a club that pride ourselves on the work we do in the local area, so it’s so important that we give back to those that need it.
“As footballers we are in a very privileged position and having supporters like we do is so important, and it’s just about giving back to the local area.”
Ball, who has done a lot of work with our local foodbanks this season, was keen to highlight the importance of them and how the demand for them is only going to increase.
He said: “This year and going ahead for the next few years things are going to be tough for everyone, so areas like the foodbanks are going to be so important to the local community.
“I have done quite a bit of work with foodbanks at other clubs, I did a lot of work at Aberdeen with their local food community centres, it’s something that I enjoy doing.
“I enjoy helping people so I didn’t hesitate to help during lockdown when I made the first real donation and hopefully, I can continue to be involved.”