The Foundation, alongside the North East Football Writers’ Association, will be honoring the England Captain for her contribution to women’s football and her charitable work.
By: Catherine Paquette, SPC Staff Writer
Newcastle, England (January 13, 2020) – England and Manchester City captain Steph Houghton will be receiving the North East Football Writer’s Association’s Annual Award Personality of the Year trophy. The award is awarded by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the North East Football Writers’ Association. The award is given annually to recognize an individual who has used their position in football to the benefit of the community as a whole.
Houghton grew up in the North East of England, starting her footballing career with Sunderland Ladies in 2002. She was named FA Young Player of the Year her final year at the club in 2006-07. From her Black Cats beginnings Houghton went on to win the FA Women’s Super League, the FA Cup, the FA Women’s Cup. Internationally she has participated in the 2012 Team GB, the 2013 Women’s Euro and went on to captain her country at the two 2015 & 2019 Women’s World Cup and 2017 Women’s European Championship.
Through her professionalism, skill, and tenacity Houghton has helped inspire countless girls and young women to play the game of football, as well as a nation to fall in love with the England Lionesses.
Alongside her footballing duties, Houghton is an anti-poverty campaigner and an advocate for the National Society of Cruelty to Children. She also has official roles on the English Professional Players Association, with UEFA, with the James Milner Foundation and promotes her husband Stephan Darby’s foundation, the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation. Darby was diagnosed by motor neuron disease in 2018.
The Awards ceremony will be held at the Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham, where Houghton is from. This will be the sixth year of it will occur. Previous winners’ of the trophy are Jermain Defoe, Steve Harper, Robbie Elliott, Niall Quinn and most recently Alan Shearer. Houghton is the first woman to receive it.
More information about the ceremony and the Sir Bobby Robson foundation can be found here.