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Sheila Rollinson is in the running for the FA "Outstanding contribution to Community Football" award.
Sheila is the only female in the final eight nominated for the award, and the only one involved in Women's and Girls Football, so a vote for her will promote our game. The winner is to be announced at the FA Charity Shield.
Derby County Ladies Football Club owes its existence and current status thanks to the commitment and drive of Sheila Rollinson. She is at the heart of the club as Club Secretary and has developed Derby County from a small ladies club to sustaining seven junior and two senior squads.
Sheila's involvement in ladies football started when she was club treasurer for a club in Coventry. In 1978 she moved to Derby and started her own club the 'Beacon Wanderers'. She then became secretary of the Notts League from 1980 - 1990 and had a role within the England administration team. She was also secretary for the Midland Combination League for a number of seasons.
As a coach she achieved her FA preliminary coaching award in 1992 and attended prep courses as the only female in her group which included Phil Brown and Dave Bennett. Inspired by her ability and love of coaching at grassroots level, Sheila gained the UEFA B coaching award. Although she is no longer coaching within the club, her interest in the personal development of all our players from the under 10s to the first team is reflected in her role as welfare officer.
Sheila continues to play alongside her commitments to ladies and girls football. From the 1970s and throughout the 1990s she always played in the women's teams that she ran. Since stepping down from playing at that competitive level, Sheila has continued to be heavily involved with Derby County Ladies Football Club and also as a teacher encouraging pupils to participate in and enjoy football. She is the contact for the club's Primary school tournaments for schools in Derby, Derbyshire and surrounding area.
Today she is steering the club towards Women's Super League status and manages all the administration for the teams and coaches. She is the physiotherapist for the Under-16 side, provides refreshments during the senior home matches and produces match programmes.
Sheila's long and dedicated history with the club has firmly entrenched Derby County Ladies Football Club as a valued asset in the local community.
In order to cast your vote for Sheila please visit http://www.thefa.com/my-football/football-volunteers/fa-community-awards/peoplesaward/voteforyourhero.
Or for further information please log on to Sheila's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=839387672759597&id=100000651174757#!/profile.php?id=100007121509255 or @Vote4sheila on Twitter.
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