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Essex County Women's League Secretary Dawn Barnard has been appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Dawn has been instrumental in raising the profile of Girls' and Women's football throughout Essex for the past 27 years. Dawn set up Chelmsford City's Ladies & Girls FC and was a part of the formation of the Essex County Girls' Football League, and as a result, Women's football is becoming increasingly popular in the county. Dawn is also the long serving Secretary and founder member of Chelmsford City Ladies & Girls' FC since 1986. Further to this, she also spent eight years as the Women's & Girls' Group Officer on the Executive Council of the Essex County FA.
2011 was a successful year for Dawn as she scooped the FA National Grassroots Volunteer of the Year award at Wembley Stadium, as well as being nominated in the 'Unsung Hero' category at BBC's Sports Personality of the Year. Last year (2012), Dawn was also chosen as a Torchbearer prior to last year's Olympic Games, which she described as an "unexpected honour" and massive crowds were there to cheer her on as she paraded the Olympic torch.
Dawn is responsible for the growing participation of Women and Girl's football in Essex and encourages anyone of any age, regardless of ability, to join in and play the universal sport.
Chelmsford City FC Chairman Mansell Wallace said: "I'm absolutely delighted that all of Dawn's hard work in building women's football in Essex has been rewarded. She has been a real credit to our football club."
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