PFA Community Champion Award 2016/17


Joseph Vungbo

Joseph Vungbo has been awarded the PFA Community Champion Award in recognition of his hard work and determination during his involvement with the Foundation.

The award was presented pitch-side to Joseph by Sam Taylor, Learning Academy Manager at the Foundation, during half-time of the 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on Friday 5th May.

The Community Champion Award was introduced by the Professional Footballers’ Association last season for clubs in the English Football League, but following its success, the award has now been extended to include Premier League clubs.

Joseph initially joined the SCL 16-18 Football Programme, where he was signposted to be part of the development squad. 

The Second Chance programme is a 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds that provides young people with the opportunity to develop long lasting skills and qualifications whilst playing competitive football on a regular basis, with opportunities to compete in the FA Youth Cup. 

During the past two years, Joseph has worked his way into one of the Teams within the advanced programme structure. Joseph has shown himself to be a model student who has and is currently completing all of his education courses, and is now exploring the option of the Foundation degree at the University of East London. 

This award is testament to the hard work and determination Joseph has shown during the past three years.

Speaking about the award, Sam Taylor said, “Joseph’s commitment and dedication to his work in the programme has been fantastic, and he has made great strides towards a fantastic future for himself.”

“I was delighted to hand over the award in recognition of his fantastic work, and look forward to watching Joseph continue to progress in the future.”