Derby County have been named the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year at Sunday night’s 2018 EFL Awards ceremony in London.

Derby County Community Trust invested £1.7 million into the community in 2017, reaching over 17,000 participants on projects ranging from teaching young children about healthy eating to helping reduce the risk of falling into the older generation.

Their showcase project, Rams in Kenya, aimed to aid education, development and sustainability for the 100s of children at St Trizah, Ungana and Jubilee school in Nakuru, Kenya.

Paul Newman said: “We’re absolutely bowled over to win this award. I’ve been at the Club sixteen years now, going from a bag of balls to setting up projects in Africa.

“To be recognised for the work we do, as we have staff who are all very passionate in what they do, is an amazing thing.

“It’s wonderful to be here tonight and although it’s a bit of a cliché there are fantastic projects ran across the country by other community trusts, so it’s an honour to win the award.”