A football mum from Chorleywood won a service to sport award last month for her work in creating footballing opportunities for girls in the village.
Karen Labbett, girls section officer at Chorleywood Common Youth Football Club (CCYFC), came third in the ‘This Girl Can’ category at the Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards 2019.
Karen used to play football at school and university, so when her daughter wanted to get involved in sports four years ago, she went to CCYFC.
However, they had no girls’ teams until the mum of two decided to take the challenge on to create a team for her. Now, girls represent more than 20 per cent of the club’s players.
Speaking of her accolade, Karen said: “It was a big surprise to be shortlisted and to come third in the This Girl Can category. It was great that the club nominated me and recognised all the effort I and the team have put into getting the girls into playing football.
“I’m currently working with the chairman to start an all-girls soccer school and we’re already on track to have a new U7 team starting next September.”
Opportunities for girls in football has increased dramatically since the Women’s World Cup and with St Clement Danes School looking to build a new 3G pitch sports pitch and the cricket club building a new club house, the village is looking healthier than ever before.