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One of the leading lights in the history and development of Nottingham Forest Ladies FC, PJ Andrews has stepped down from the club's committee and the role of chairperson due to personal circumstances.
PJ began as a player when the club was first formed by Nottingham Forest in the Community in the 1990-91 season and served at various times as First Team Captain, Reserve Team Captain, Merchandise/PR/Programme/Website co-ordinator and various other roles before becoming chairperson for the club in two spells from 2003-2006 and 2012 until recently.
It is fair to say that thanks to her hard work, commitment, dedication and loyalty to NFLFC, PJ has become the heartbeat of the club and played a significant role in providing the ideas, momentum, inspiration, skill and knowledge that has driven the club to a whole host of honours during her time with them.
These include Unison East Midlands League Cup Winners on two occasions (1999-2000, 2001-02), losing finalist in the same competition (2002-03), Unison East Midlands Premier League Winners (2002-03), Midlands Combination runners-up (2003-04) and winners (2004-05), FA Northern Premier Champions (2007-08), Nottinghamshire FA Women's County Cup Winners on 11 occasions, FA Women's Cup quarter finalists on two occasions and Premier League Cup runners-up (2010-11) as well as a number of non-playing awards recognising the high standards of ethics and administration at the club.
Recently too, PJ received a personal FA award recognising her Outstanding Contribution to Community Football.
Alongside this news came the announcement that long standing Club Secretary, Fay Glover, is also standing down from her role although she intends to continue with the club working with the Junior section. There will be further information about Fay in the future. Fay has been succeeded as Club Secretary by Steve Gray.
This news has led to a restructuring of the NFLFC Committee and some new appointments. David Shelton, a supporter of the Junior Section for the last four years has joined the committee and been appointed the new Chairperson.
David spent 33 years working for the Boots Company in Nottingham for the last 27 years in the company's magazine office where he became editor of the 75,000 copy circulation award-winning publication.
On leaving Boots he became a director of his own free-to-reader magazine which ran for a number of years in the small villages and towns in Burton Joyce, Southwell, and Newark areas.
David has also recently retired from the chairmanship of a large East Midland's education, Academy Trust which he has been involved with since its origins as a failing Nottingham Secondary School in the late 1980s. This means that David has considerable experience of working with young people as a volunteer.
Paying tribute to his predecessor, David says: "It is an enormous honour for me to be invited to take up such an important role with NFLFC, a club I have long admired.
"PJ has unsurpassed knowledge and experience of NFLFC and in women's and girls' football circles and her name is synonymous with Nottingham Forest Ladies both locally and nationally.
"Although she is leaving the main committee, she will always be welcome here and is, in fact, continuing her immediate duties to help the transition, with Yvonne Burch, as co-ordinator and main NFFC club contact for the Nottingham Forest Ladies FA Regional Talent Centre which is positively developing.
"I am in awe of her achievements over more than two and half decades. It's important now that we build on the legacy built with past committee members with a view to establishing NFLFC as a leading women's football club in the East Midlands. This must be our ambition no matter how long it make take and whatever obstacles we face.
"PJ has helped develop an incredibly strong team of volunteer coaches and managers who we want to support in the development of our grassroots footballers. We want our players of all ages to play the game to the highest standards of sportsmanship and above all else enjoy every minute they wear our red and white kit."
PJ Andrews responded: "Forest Ladies has developed over many years - and whilst David is generous with his comments to me, it is only through such immense teamwork and support off the pitch that the club has been able to facilitate opportunities for girls and women's football both locally and nationally. All the credit lies in that energised teamwork that has inspired so much for everyone to be proud of - as the game has significantly developed over the years. Specific credit to longstanding contributors in Lisa Dawkins and Fay Glover who have been pivotal in helping to drive the growth of the club from the original singular senior side - to the current 12 squads at playing at various levels. So many others to mention both past and current - but the club is always grateful to those volunteers in coaching, management and committee that have dedicated precious time to enable players of all ages and ability to play at high levels and with high standards under the NFLFC badge.
"Whilst I am having to take time out from such significant involvement to NFLFC - I am committed to help in the immediate transition process and for any specific consultation going forward. The club is in a good place all things considered and with Nottingham Forest FC in the Community now fully undertaking the delivery of the Regional Talent Centre and with a recent calibre appointment of Richard Meek as Technical Director of Football - the future looks excellent for Elite player development across Nottinghamshire.
"I'd like to genuinely thank and acknowledge everyone who has supported and importantly played for NFLFC and trust the memories will be good ones. Lastly, the club looks set to be in really good hands with David and the new committee and I wish all staff, players and supporters nothing but best wishes going forward."
David Shelton concluded: "I look forward to meeting everyone associated with NFLFC both internally and externally over the coming months but in the meantime, wishing you all, parents, players, coaches and supporters a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy and successful New Year."
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