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Thursday 13 December 2012

Girls' football team founder wins Barclays Community Sports Award

Hackney Laces football team for girls founder Katee Hui wins Barclays Community Sports Award

  • Gareth Southgate with award winner Katee Hui and her Hackney Laces girls' football team

The Barclays Community Sports Award for November 2012 has been awarded to Katee Hui, for her passion and commitment towards the Hackney Laces community football team for girls.

The monthly Barclays Community Sports Awards recognise the outstanding contributions to grassroots sport that are being made by individuals up and down the country.  

"It’s brilliant that Katee has been recognised for her work in women’s football by encouraging young girls to get involved in the sport"
Gareth Southgate

Hui, originally from Canada and a London resident for the past six years, recognised a need for a girls’ community football team in her local area of Hackney, London that would allow teenagers to come together and share their passion for the sport. A year on Hackney Laces now has over 50 players and established U12, U14, U16 and a women’s sides.

As well as helping the girls on the pitch, Hui and her three other female volunteer coaches offer support and guidance to members of the club with homework, GCSE tutoring, college interviews and hold fundraiser days at the local Dalston supermarket to raise funds for pitch hire and insurance costs.

"I’m thrilled to accept the Barclays Community Sports Award and I’m sure the girls will be really pleased that our team has been recognised,” said Hui. “I first set out wanting to create an environment where girls in the community could play football, but now it has become so much more than that and we’re like a big family.

“The prize money will be put to great use and will help Hackney Laces guarantee pitch space as well as help some of the team members complete coaching qualifications.”

Southgate hails 'great example'

“Katee is a great example of the work that many volunteers do across the UK in grassroot sports,” said Gareth Southgate, lead judge on the Barclays Community Sports Awards Panel. “It’s brilliant that Katee has been recognised for her work in women’s football by encouraging young girls to get involved in the sport, which is helping nurture a new generation of talent in women’s football.

“It’s important to recognise those doing so much for their communities, so I would urge people to nominate deserving candidates up and down the country for the Barclays Community Sports Awards.”

Each monthly winner receives £1,000 for their group or organisation, half of which will be spent on skills-based qualifications for members. The winner also receives a limited edition trophy and is entered into the end of season award to win a further £5,000, donated by Barclays Spaces for Sports. The end of season award winner then receives a VIP trip to London to receive their award from Gareth Southgate.

The Barclays Community Sports Awards are delivered in partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League’s Creating Chances programme and the Football Foundation.

To nominate a person, group or organisation for the Barclays Community Sports Award of the Month simply visit www.barclayscommunitysportsaward.com

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Key Points

  • Barclays Community Sports Award for November 2012 awarded to Katee Hui
  • Hui recognised for her passion and commitment towards the Hackney Laces community football team for girls
  • A year on Hackney Laces now has over 50 players and established U12, U14, U16 and a women’s sides