Derby County are delighted to announce club captain Curtis Davies as this year’s PFA Community Champion.

In his four seasons at the club, Davies has not only played a significant role on the pitch, as club captain for much of his tenure, but also within the community and wider aspects of the football club.

As a vastly experienced player, he has held the post of PFA representative for several seasons as well as acting as an ambassador for many causes, most prominently for Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion.

Despite injury challenges this season, Davies has continued to be a huge presence within the club.

He was able to provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for a supporter who is part of the Derby County Community Trust’s projects.

Ray received a tablet through the Trust’s IT loan scheme, and to celebrate him receiving the equipment, he received a special call from Davies to mark the occasion.

The heart-warming interchange was nominated for the EFL’s Screwfix Moment of the Month for November and provided some much-needed positivity during the second national lockdown.

Davies has also backed important initiatives and worked with the football club to keep fans engaged and motivated throughout lockdowns.

Across the last few seasons, Davies’ presence at community events has always been impactful. As one the last events prior to the pandemic, he attended the Derby County Community Trust awards, representing the team.

He said: “I’m learning about people and their families and you see people like Lizzie [award winner] and she can’t take the smile off her face – I’m nearly crying at her smile!

“We have people from all walks of life: different races, people with disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues, and they’re all able to have something to do because of this one Community Trust, that we fully support as a team.”

Simon Carnall, Head of Community, added: “Curtis embodies the community-facing side of Derby County Football Club. He is not just a dedicated player who has cemented his place as a leader on the pitch but is also well respected off the pitch too.

“He is the first to come forward for all kinds of community event, whether it’s representing the club in his ambassador role, supporting fundraising efforts or just simply keeping in touch with fans, particularly over the past year when this has been significantly more difficult.

“We are pleased to formally recognise the work which he continues to do within our communities.”