Joe received the award during the Club’s 2016/17 award ceremony which was held on the pitch at Rodney Parade following the 2-1 victory against Notts County FC on the last day of the season.
It was presented by the Club’s Community Development Officer, Norman Parselle, in recognition for all the work Joe has done in the community over the past 12 months. As well as being the ambassador for the DSA and has attended many Disability Supporters Events, Joe is always first to volunteer to attend Club and Community events and has visited many Primary Schools as part of the Kinder +Sport Move and Learn Programme, and for School Summer Fetes. He’s always the first to go and sign autographs for waiting fans and is always the last to leave to make sure no one is disappointed. He also always makes a special effort to welcome the Club of the Day and that match’s Mascot.
Norman Parselle said: “Joe Day is an all-round nice guy. When asked to attend any community events he is always happy to support. When attending Joe always shows a keen interest in what’s going on and is always aiming to inspire the participants, in any way. Lastly, Joe is by nature a quiet person but communicates very well with good body language and always wears a smile.”
When asked about his Community work, Joe Day said: "I enjoy attending the community events especially when I see the young people enjoying themselves whilst taking part. [Newport County] has always had a great community feel. At the end of the day, the football club is part of the community and we need to get as many fans and supporters of the community involved as possible.”
Colin Faulkner NCAFC DSA Chairman said: “Joe Day has been our Ambassador for nearly 2 years now and attends every function we have and is active encouraging other players to attend and support functions. Joe always offers a prize – unprompted – for any raffles we might be holding.
“Whenever I ask Joe about attending a function, he always makes himself available and asks exactly what he can do to help. He is an absolute gentleman and well-liked by everyone he meets.”
Joe Day is a real asset to the football club, not just on the pitch but off it as well and has been a fantastic ambassador for the Club’s Community work this season. We are very pleased to recognise the work he has done by presenting him with the PFA Community Champion Award.