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Academy coach wins Champion of Women award

QPR Academy Coach Manisha Tailor scooped a ‘Champion of Sport’ gong at the recent Champion of Women Awards at The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel last week.

The Champion of Women Awards recognises successful women who have excelled in their field of business; shown compassion; and provided support and encouragement to other women and young girls.

The ultimate aim of the Awards was to raise money for Maggie’s – centres that offer a support programme for those affected by cancer.

Tailor, who was a recipient of the ‘Champion of Sport’ award, told “To be in a room surrounded by so many inspiring women from varying sectors was an incredible feeling.

“Personally speaking, to have been recognised for my contribution to championing mental health and women in football is really special.

“This is a motivation for me now to continue to provide opportunities for girls from minority ethnic groups to access the game on a level playing field.”

Lynsey Sykes Davis, director of AAG Wealth Management, who was on the judging panel and also hosted Manisha on her table at the awards, commented: “Manisha was a worthy winner of this award.

“She was chosen ahead of other nominees because of her incredible work using the power of football and education to engage with diverse community groups and organisations, including women and girls and adults with mental illness.

“As the 2013 winner of the Women in Football Award at The Asian Football Awards, as well as being one of only 19 Asian women to hold the prestigious UEFA B Licence in Football Coaching, Manisha is an inspiration to women and girls looking to get involved with football.

“She was an obvious choice for the Champion of Sport award.”

Congratulations Manisha!