Wolves forward Adama Traore has been presented with the clubs Foundation of the Season Award in recognition of his contributions off the pitch via his support for the Wolves Foundation.
As part of the club’s annual End of Season awards, one player is selected as the Foundation’s Player of the Season, an award supported by the Professional Footballers Association. Previous winners of the award include John Ruddy and Dave Edwards. The award aims to recognise players who have made a significant contribution to the Foundation projects throughout the season and with many players offering support, is presented to someone who has stood out as going that bit above and beyond amongst the remarkable overall support.
Head of the Wolves Foundation, Will Clowes, said in relation to the support received in what has been an unprecedented season: "When we were discussing this year’s candidates with staff and spoke to our trustees, Adama was the name which constantly kept cropping up. He has supported a lot of our projects this year and we all get the sense that he has such a personal interest in the people that he meets.
“He takes a lot of time to understand firstly the reasons why they are on a particular project, and then to give them as much help, advice and support as he can"
In relation to one particular visit, Clowes recalled how Traore had shown his commitment to embracing the Foundation's ethos of changing lives and creating opportunites.
"Adama visited one of our education projects, the National Citizen Service, a group of 14, 15 and 16-year-olds, and as soon as he walked into the room to meet them, he just had this great presence.
“The young people had only ever really seen him on television before or on computer games, but he was able to really connect with them so easily and get into the detail of what they were talking about.
“He spoke very honestly and openly about the trials and tribulations of his career, and showed a natural ability to connect with the young people."
Traore is one of many players who have been working hard in their communities, passionate about causes close to their heart. The PFA is very proud of our members who have shown their community spirit during the 2019-20 season.