Derby County goalkeeper Kelle Roos has been named as the club’s PFA Community Champion for the 2019/20 season.
Roos has been a consistently community-focused player over the last few seasons, supporting the work of Derby County Community Trust through player appearances and encouraging further community work in his support of local fundraising campaigns.
The 27-year-old has shown he is always keen to engage over the course of numerous campaigns, from supporting schools’ delivery to mental health sessions and kids’ football.
The goalkeeper also took part in a question and answer sessions with the Community Trust’s degree students prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and has remained a continuous face through social media channels throughout the pandemic, echoing key government messages to fans.
He was also a key supporter in the #KeepAudrinaDancing campaign, gifting the Rams’ mascot at the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final with a pair of his own gloves.
He said: “It’s always really enjoyable to get out in the community. It is always great to see the buzz we can make as footballers, but we get the buzz off it too.
“There’s always the thing in football that you have to believe in yourself, it’s sometimes hard to pick yourself up after a bad game or an injury, to keep going and bounce back from setbacks which hopefully we can show others who follow the team.”
Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, said: “Kelle always gets involved in community sessions when he comes along and has made a lasting impression on our participants.
“Last year, when he attended our ‘Get Set to Go’ launch – a football session for those with mental health problems, he even bought one of our participants a new pair of boots after he’d damaged his beyond repair.
“Not many people might have thought to do that, but this sort of generosity doesn’t go unnoticed and we are really pleased to name him as our PFA Community Champion this year.”
Find out more about Derby County Community Trust and the club’s community activities and programmes by visiting derbycountycommunitytrust.com.