by Ethan Harris
WALES manager Jayne Ludlow has been awarded an MBE for services to women’s football.
Ludlow was joined by her counterpart in Scotland, Shelley Kerr, at the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The former Arsenal Ladies midfielder won a number of titles throughout her playing career – before taking up the reigns as manager of Reading FC Women in 2013 after retirement.
After just a year in charge of the south England side, Ludlow returned to Wales to take the helm of her country, where she has been placed ever since.
Today, The Prince of Wales held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.
🔎⚽️ We’re focusing on the world of sport, and two women who have helped to raise the profile of women’s football in the UK: Jayne Ludlow MBE and Shelley Kerr MBE. pic.twitter.com/uzz0AVZHp7
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 14, 2020
Speaking to the FAW website, the Rhondda native said she was humbled by the award and was proud of the work she had done alongside her staff and players.
“I’m honoured and humbled to get this recognition. I hope all those working alongside me are as proud of this as I am.
“I am very lucky to have been given so much help from our women’s team staff and players over the last few years and as a group we are benefiting from loving the experience of working together as a national team.
“I hope all those who have helped me along the way from my days in Treherbert to the football clubs I have represented will enjoy this recognition too.”