Elias Kachunga’s dedication to bringing a smile to people’s faces and making a difference to the local community has been recognised by the Professional Footballers’ Association.

‘Kache’ has been awarded with the PFA Community Player of the Year award for 2018/19 due to his commitment to bring the club and community together through his work with the Town Foundation.

The Town fan favourite has been involved in community work with the Town Foundation since he joined the Club in 2016 and has always been a bright spark regardless of the situation. His enthusiasm both on and off the pitch hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Recently, Elias visited Terriers supporter, Jonny, and helped to improve his numeracy and literacy skills through the support of the Town Foundation.

The day, which was filmed by BT, saw ‘Kache’ go to one of Town Foundation’s one-to-one Premier Stars sessions alongside teammate Laurent Depoitre, where he also signed autographs and posed for pictures with Jonny – a day that Jonny called ‘the best day of his life’.

The 26-year-old has also promoted Town initiatives such as the ‘Big Sleep Out’ and has got involved with hospital visits, going out of his way to make a difference in people’s lives.

Town Foundation CEO, Siobhan Atkinson commented:

“Elias is a great person to be around and is always trying to bring a smile to people’s faces.

“It’s great that the Club and the Town Foundation has such a close relationship with the community, something that wouldn’t be possible without the involvement of the players. The fact that their work doesn’t go unnoticed is a credit to themselves and I am delighted Elias’ work is being acknowledged with the award.

“He is one of the many Town players that take time out of their day and we are immensely proud to be involved in bringing the club and community together.”

John Hudson. PFA – Director of Corporate Social added:

“The PFA believes that players who make that extra effort and contribution during the season should be recognised for their support and involvement in the local community.

“The Award will hopefully raise awareness of the great contribution and importance many of our members attach to their roles off the pitch.

“We would like to offer our congratulations to this season’s recipient of the 2018/19 PFA Community Champion Award.”