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Graduate becomes first Asian Woman Footballer of the year in England

Loughborough graduate MSc student, Aditi Chauhan, has created history by becoming the first Asian Woman Footballer of the year in England.

The awards, supported by the English Football Association (FA) and the Asian Football Project, recognise achievements of British Asians in football.

Coming from a country that doesn’t have a domestic league of its own, Aditi became the second only female from her country to play women’s football in England and the first to win Asian Woman Footballer of the year.

Having graduated with an MSc in Sports Management at Loughborough, Aditi kick started her football journey when her school coach asked her to participate in the under-19 team trials. Playing for the Loughborough Students Women’s Football Club (LSWFC) over the last year, Aditi now turns her focus to playing for West Ham United Ladies in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division.

Speaking of her award, she comments: "This award is all worth it. Getting this award at Wembley is a fairytale, especially for someone who comes from a country that has no league for women. It was not easy to pursue a career in football. I am thankful to West Ham and my family for all the support.”