St Albans City Youth FC has received a prestigious award from Hertfordshire FA for the work they have done for women’s football.
The charity was founded in 1971 and is now one of the largest clubs in the country, with 100 teams and 1,300 players, including a fully booked women’s team who play on Monday evenings. Hertfordshire FA announced its local winners of the England Football Grassroots Football Awards for 2023 on Friday, October 6. St Albans was named as the winner of the Lioness Award after receiving a number of nominations.
Karl Lingham, chief executive of Hertfordshire FA, said: “Our role at Hertfordshire FA is to support grassroots football and the many thousands of people who are involved in making the game happen across our county. “We are always full of admiration for those who give up their time for others, working hard to improve standards and increase opportunities for everyone to play.”
Steve Mann, commercial manager for the club, said: “It was very gratifying, and we are very grateful to get recognition from Hertfordshire FA. “Our aim is to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and relaxed. It’s just lovely for us to be recognised.
“Our head of girls’ session, Sarah Kropman who has been head of girls section for many years has been amazing, and her drive and commitment to women’s and girls’ football is what leads us to further developments and successes.
“And Oliva Pickersgill, who has been with us since she played for the Wildcats under 7s, has worked her way up and even benefited from our coaching programme, and now delivers the women’s team sessions. We wouldn’t be receiving this award without them.”