Rachel Yankey given special award for her achievements in women's football
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 October 2015
Brent's Rachel Yankey has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to women's football.
The 35-year-old, who is the most-capped player ever to represent England, was presented with a special accolade at the annual London Youth Games awards ceremony this month.
The event highlighted the achievements of London Youth Games participants past and present, as well as the volunteers who make the Games possible.
This has been a year to remember for women’s football, with the Lionesses achieving the best finish by an England team at a World Cup since Bobby Moore lifted the prestigious trophy back in 1966.
Girls’ football in particular has been a real success story for the London Youth Games, with more than a quarter of the squad that went to Canada having previously competed at the Games.
Yankey, along with Arsenal team-mate Alex Scott, were invited to the stage to collect their awards, which acknowledged the former London Youth Games alumni duo’s impact on women’s football in England.
Among the crowd of around 280 were senior London and UK politicians, London’s star athletes, as well as representatives of London boroughs and representatives of sporting governing bodies.
London Youth Games chairman Mark Campbell said on the ceremony: “The Hall of Fame and Annual Awards evening is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the incredible achievements of all those associated with the Games.
“Whether they are this year’s record number of 136,427 participants or those who have participated in the past and gone on to elite success, they deserve recognition.
“The Games continues to help all young people who participate to develop vital life skills in order to achieve their full potential.
“Congratulations to all the individuals and organisations who have made the 2015 London Youth Games the greatest ever, particularly to those shortlisted for awards for their unique contribution to all of our successes.”