The efforts and achievements of so many female footballers deserve recognition – and once again, Sent Her Forward will do its best to ensure those in the South, at least, get their just deserts.
The end-of-season awards are back – albeit slightly more streamlined – and will attempt to celebrate the best in women’s and girls’ football from the current season.
As I have not written match reports since October – though I still attend games nearly every week – I shall be including fewer categories.
Most will reflect what I have seen, but I shall also take some account of the wider achievements of clubs, players and coaches whom I have had little or no opportunity to see in action.
And this year there could be an opportunity for you to influence the final honours, with the possibility of a new special category featuring your nominations.
If you know a player, manager, coach or team who you believe deserves recognition for their achievements this season, please let me know.
If I get sufficient nominations, I will create a People’s Choice award.
It may be a trophy-winning team, or one that over-achieved or even just played good football or set a fine example on the field.
Maybe your manager, or one of the coaches, have gone above and beyond their terms of reference, or a player has performed consistently well.
This is the third year of the Sent Her Forward end-of-season awards
No club, manager or player has won any of the accolades in both seasons
Only two Premier League players (Jay Blackie and Lauren Cheshire) and two grassroots players (Katie Lambert and Emma Chrimes) have made the respective Sent Her Forward dream team starting XIs in both years
Both manager-of-the-year winners were in charge of FAW Premier League teams (James Marrs, Gillingham, and Perry Northeast, Portsmouth)
Both team-of-the-year winners were grassroots sides (Herne Bay and Long Lane Reserves)
The player of the year has come from a Premier League club on both occasions – but neither were the league winners (Gemma Hillier, Portsmouth and Deanna Cooper, Brighton)
Last year’s grassroots shortlist included Danni Ritson, Jade Widdows and Danni Lane, who this season have featured in Premier League football for West Ham United, Chichester City and Brighton and Lewes
When I watch matches I try to notice every player’s contribution to the game, but as I can only usually make one game per week, in many cases I have to catch up through social media or via club websites and the Full-Time service, when goalscorers are far more likely to be featured than goalkeepers, defenders or equally influential midfielders.
So why not help me out? Let me know your player, coach, team of the season – with brief reasons why. It doesn’t have to be the star striker – but it could be – nor does it have to be an unsung hero or heroine.
You choose – but be prepared to explain your choice.
You can send me a direct message on Twitter or, if I don’t follow you, drop me an e-mail or even text me, making sure you make clear who you are and your connection – if any – with the club.
There’s no reason you can’t nominate your own club, if you’re a player, coach, parent or fan, or a team-mate. But maybe a friend playing elsewhere – or another team – have caught your eye.
Send me details and perhaps they’ll get that recognition they deserve.
Note: I will probably not reveal who has nominated those on the shortlist, but if you are happy for your identity to be revealed, make sure you say so when sending your nomination.
If enough of you do so, the results will be included in Sent Her Forward‘s end-of-season awards, which – because of the lateness of the FAW Premier League play-off, which could have a bearing in some of the categories – will probably appear at the beginning of June.