Millwall's Tamika Mkandawire has been named PFA Player in the Community at the Football League Awards 2012.

Tamika received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry. This year there were a total of 17 awards with 32 clubs shortlisted for honours.

Tamika beat competition from Portsmouth's Joel Ward and Reading's Noel Hunt to claim the overall Award.

Since joining Millwall in 2010, Tamika has made a huge impact at the club and within the local community, particularly as a player ambassador for the Giving Youth Violence the Red Card scheme, involving himself in workshops and informing local youths on the dangers of carrying knives. Many of Tamika's other regular player appearances see him attend schools and social inclusion projects, offering advice and his position as a role model to help better the community.

On winning the award Tamika said, "It means a lot to me personally and to the club. The schemes that they do are fantastic and this is some deserved recognition for the work that they do.

"I enjoy working in the community and I would like to thank the team that facilitate the courses for all of their support.

"I think football has a massive role to play in the community, people talk about the distance between players and fans but football in the community cuts out that barrier."

When assessing the category, judges looked to recognise each player's involvement in the community and their commitment to going above and beyond what would normally be expected.

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com.

Millwall's Tamika Mkandawire (left) receives the PFA Player in the Community Award from PFA Chairman Clarke Carlisle