Rotherham United Community Trust and Rotherham United Football Club are happy to name Georgie Kelly as the Community Player of the Year for 2023. The award recognises Kelly’s outstanding commitment to community engagement throughout the year.
Georgie Kelly, has not only displayed exceptional skills on the pitch this year but has also proven to be a dedicated advocate for sustainability and the community. Throughout the year of 2023, Georgie Kelly has actively participated in various community initiatives organised by the Rotherham United Community Trust, ranging from educational programs to holiday camps. His involvement in projects aimed at empowering local young people, promoting education, and supporting vulnerable members of the community has set him apart as a role model both on and off the pitch.
In September 2023 Georgie joined Rotherham United Community Trust’s environmental sub-group as we met to discuss project ideas, this eventually turned into a “Do you want to be Greener?” project incapsulating a range of ideas aimed at promoting the environment, physical health and helping with the cost of living. Georgie, who has a master’s degree in environmental sustainability, then became our ambassador in this area.
Martin Booth, Head of Football Operations for Rotherham United FC said…“Georgie recognises his responsibilities and fully supports community activities around Rotherham and South Yorkshire. He is always one of the first players to respond to requests for support for community events such as the EFL Week of Action when he could be seen picking litter in Rotherham with school children to improve the environment.
He is the self-nominated environmental lead for RUFC first team and has supported several other activities including the communities Swap Shop and has advised the Community Trust on other sustainability ideas, even sitting on their sub-group. We are grateful for his energy and role modelling for other players”.
Georgie’s passion has clearly impacted his teammates as well, demonstrated by 8 first team players agreeing to take part in our EFL week of action litter picks supporting over 150 litter pickers out and about collecting during that week.
Georgie worked hand in hand with RUCT to launch many environmental and sustainability campaigns over 2023, including #TidyUpOurTown, SwapShop and has supported local shop “BE Sustainable” by becoming a regular customer, which again meant that he was out in the community demonstrating that he believes in and supports the initiatives he has endorsed.
James Mahoney, Education manager at Rotherham United Community Trust said… “Georgie’s contribution to our Education Programme over the last 12 months has been exceptional and he has gone above and beyond to support our learners. For first team players to support us is important and Georgie has visited education lessons and training sessions to pass on his knowledge and guidance. This experience for our students is inspiring and will support them on their course and in their future.”
In 2022, Hakeem Odoffin was was name Community Player of the Year and landed the EFL Player in the Community for the Sky Bet Championship! Georgie is also in the running for this award for 2023, follow us on social media to find out more.
Everyone at RUCT and RUFC would like to thank Georgie for his continued effort over the year, and congratulate him on his award.