The awards were set up by NISAU to mark 75 years of India’s independence. 75 awards were given to top young Indian alumni who studied in the UK, with two of those going to graduates of Loughborough’s Sport Management master’s programme.
Aditi Chauhan was awarded a special Outstanding Achiever award in sports. Aditi is the Goalkeeper of the Indian National Football Team as well as the Founder of She Kicks Football Academy and Aditi Chauhan Foundation.
She Kicks Football Academy aims to encourage girls’ participation in football and to create a positive environment for them. With gender equality at the centre of the mission of the organisation, She Kicks supports young footballers by providing financial assistance, educating parents, providing health and nutrition guidance, and more.
She Kicks is an initiative of the Aditi Chauhan Foundation, set up to support talented female football players.
Alongside her outreach initiatives supporting young people, Aditi remains the first-team women’s goalkeeper for her national team and is also an analyst and commentator.
She graduated in 2015 and stayed in the UK to play for West Ham Women’s football team while working as a global ambassador at the Loughborough University London campus at its inception. When she joined West Ham, Aditi was the first player from India to appear in the FA Women’s Premier League.