Northern Ireland international Laura Rafferty hailed as 'superb role model' with PFA award
Northern Ireland women's international Laura Rafferty has been described as 'a superb role model' after receiving an award from the Professional Footballers' Association.
The 23-year-old was selected as a PFA Community Champion by her club Brighton and Hove Albion for the contribution she makes to the club off the field.
Southampton-born Laura, who qualifies for Northern Ireland through both of her Belfast-born parents, made it two in-a-row by winning the Seagulls vote to recognise the work that she does within Brighton's Albion in the Community set-up, while retiring club captain Bruno received the men's award.
Matt Dorn, Albion in the Community's Chief Executive, explained: "As the club's official charity, we are incredibly fortunate to benefit from the support of not only players from both senior squads, but also staff across the football club.
"Laura and Bruno are great examples of the passion and commitment for community work which we see from players in both the Premier League squad and the FA WSL squad.
"Laura is a regular at our sessions and has shown a real commitment to our work. She is a superb role model, popular with Albion fans, and always has time for supporters. She is also a great example to the young people who attend our sessions.
"Without that support, AITC simply would not be the success it is."