Traore and Price named Community Players of the Year

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Adama Traore and Anna Price have been named Wolves Foundation and PFA Community Players of the Year thanks to their work supporting Wolves’ official charity over the last 12 months.

Both players received their awards from the Molineux ball assistants – including several participants from the Foundation’s Premier League Kicks project – alongside the other accolades handed out after the final home game of the season against Everton. 

It was a recognition for their respective support of the Foundation as part of the activities undertaken by the men’s, women’s and Academy teams over the course of the season. 

“The support we receive from player appearances from both the men’s and women’s first-teams and Academy is such an important part of our delivery, but also holds real value for the players,” says Tom Warren, senior manager (projects) with the Foundation. 

We want the players to understand the work that we as the club’s official charity do and the added value that they can bring by attending projects.

We work closely with club colleagues to tailor the visits to particular areas of interest or experience for the player, as that ensures both they and those attending the session can enjoy the maximum benefit. 

It is about far more than a player simply turning up to sign autographs and have some photos taken – and many of them have issues which they are passionate about such as equality or activities for young people.

This season has been our best yet with so many high quality player activations, including from head coach Julen Lopetegui, and Adama and Anna are among those who are always really keen to support us. 

“They always go above and beyond in engaging with participants, listening to their stories and experiences and passing on any advice or information which is relevant. 

“We really appreciate their support of Wolves Foundation and they are worthy winners of the award of Community Players of the Year.” 

Over the last 12 months, Traore has made several visits to support the Foundation’s delivery on anti-racism initiatives, as well as proactively working with the charity to deliver a range of help across the local community during other times. 

Price, a Foundation ambassador, has also supported the charity in several different ways, including attending the Molineux Sleepout, helping promote the Foundation’s activities and continuing to serve as a hugely positive role model amid the growth of women’s football. 

Away from the charity, she also earned a place in Molineux history towards the end of the season, becoming the highest appearance maker for Wolves Women after moving past the 348-appearance mark.

She is also now on the new 300-club board on display in Molineux reception highlighting all male and female players to have reached that landmark. 

Traore and Price received their awards after Saturday’s game and are pictured with the Molineux ball assistants. 

The PFA community awards are distributed via each club in the Premier League and EFL, to mark outstanding contribution from male and female players.

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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