Wales boss Jayne Ludlow received royal honours for services to football

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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.

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.”

Ludlow has been one of the driving forces behind the growth of women’s football across Wales, cultivating a side that has broken into the top 30 of the FIFA women’s rankings for the first time in history.


Now the attention is firmly set on Euro 2021 qualification, as the Faroe Islands come to Wales with the second half of group fixtures beginning in April and Ludlow will be hoping for a repeat of the 6-0 victory that started their campaign.


After an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign that captured the hearts and minds of the nation in 2019, it seems an added pressure has been placed on the shoulders of the Welsh squad.


With a firm grip on second place in group C, two games against Norway offer a difficult pathway for Ludlow’s side but one they will be hoping to overcome.