Sent Her Forward’s end-of-season honours remain a much-talked about and highly regarded way of recognising the immense contributions made by so many people to women’s and girls’ football.
Players, managers and volunteers all appreciate their efforts being rewarded – online, if not always on the pitch – as Sent Her Forward dishes out awards across all levels of the female game.
This season’s will be the fourth – I’ve already started working on my very long shortlists – and for the first time will include categories for student footballers and their college teams.
It will also give football followers and participants the chance to nominate their own favourites – the Sent Her Forward People’s Choice.
Seven nominees made it on to the list last year – two managers, four players and one team.
This year, I shall select the overall winners based on readers’ nominations.
Manager, player, volunteer…
It can be anyone connected with a women’s or girls’ club in the South East (and beyond in respect of the clubs from farther afield occasionally covered by Sent Her Forward).
The manager who led you to a host of trophies; the coach who stayed behind to give you extra tuition to help hone your game; the player who turns up for training every week even though she is not always in the starting line-up; the secretary who mows the pitch, paints the lines and takes the flak every time a game is postponed; the fan who has followed your team through thick and thin, week in, week out, all over the region.
You nominate, I select the winners.
You can request that your name be withheld, if you prefer. But if possible, do let me know your connection – are you a team-mate, her manager, a parent, supporter?
The Sent Her Forward awards will be revealed at the end of this season, probably in early June, and will, of course, also feature my much-coveted Dream Teams for both Super League/Premier League and grassroots football.
I look forward to hearing your tales of heroism, dedication and loyalty.
You have best part of three months.
In the meantime, why not take a look back at previous honours lists: