Matty Dolan wins PFA Player Community award

Newport County AFC's Matty Dolan has been named Sky Bet League Two's PFA Player in the Community at the 2021 EFL Awards.

The award recognises the positive impact players can have off the pitch and is given to those that go above and beyond what would normally be expected.

Dolan, who is one of three divisional winners across the EFL, has supported and shown an exceptional attitude to County in the Community initiatives over the last 12 months.

He attended a number of events and school visits to deliver equipment to local pupils at the start of 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.

Despite being in lockdown, Dolan has continued to support the community projects virtually and has been present at the 'We Wear the Same Shirt' sessions which have been held over Zoom.

He has also participated in quizzes and engaged in Q&A sessions with those present on the calls.

Dolan said: "It’s fantastic work that Norman Parselle and everyone else does in the community. If I can help just a tiny bit then it’s my pleasure because it’s something that I’ve really enjoyed.

"I’ve been the ambassador for the We Wear the Same Shirt initiative for the last two years and it brings a lot of joy to us as players. I normally go down on a Thursday to watch the guys train and sometimes get involved as well.

"But with the way the world is at the moment, we’ve been on the Zoom calls and they’ve been fantastic. Once we get back to normal I’ll be back down there and hopefully Zoom calls will be a thing of the past."

Dolan will receive his award at a special virtual EFL Community Awards event on Wednesday 28th April, while the overall winner of the award will be announced at the EFL Awards, broadcast live on Sky Sports Football on Thursday 29th April at 7:30pm.

Cardiff City midfielder Will Vaulks was named PFA Player in the Community for the Sky Bet Championship, while Bristol Rovers winger Alex Rodman scooped the Sky Bet League One accolade.