Rotherham women's football stalwart recognised for decades of loyal service

Rotherham women's football stalwart recognised for decades of loyal service

By | 24/08/2020

Rotherham women's football stalwart recognised for decades of loyal service
Val Hoyle with her award alongside Rotherham United Women players (left to right) Natalie Shaw, Brady Wild, Amy Pollock and Leanne Carter. Picture by ALEX ROEBUCK

WOMEN'S football champion Val Hoyle has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the grassroots game.


Val founded Rotherham United Women’s Football Club (formerly Kilnhurst Ladies) in 1969 when she was just 11.


She played for them for 30 years and has gone on to perform a variety of roles and is still actively involved to this day.


Val was presented with the award by former England player Kelly Smith MBE.


“I was surprised,” said Val. “I was nominated two or three years ago but I never thought about it this time because of everything that has gone on this year. All the plans for the Women's FA Awards were cancelled basically.


“Then one day (captain) Amy Pollock  asked me to dial a number and I thought the call was for some sort of football magazine but it was actually to Kelly Smith, telling me I had won the award.”


Val played at the club she founded for 30 years and is now in her 52nd season.


She added: “The club was formed by myself and a friend as a five-a-side team because obviously there was hardly any women's football back then.


“It basically progressed from there and when women's football took off we entered into leagues.


“I'm in my 52nd season. I've been a player, coach, manager, chairman and secretary. I have done it all.


“It is lovely to receive this award.”

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