Belles star is a hit off field

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Doncaster Belles legend Sheila Edmunds has scored success off the field - after being awarded a degree.

Sheila, a founding member of the all-conquering women’s club, picked up her honour in a prestigious ceremony at London’s Guildhall in recognition for her services to women in leadership.

Blaxton-based Sheila was presented with the Doctor of Business Administration degree from the BPP University.

She was accompanied to the bash with her husband, former Belles manager Paul Edmunds, daughter Laura, Belles volunteer Faye Lygo and former Belles manager and player Julie Chipchase.

The citation said: “Sheila has shown true determination throughout her career and has maintained an unassailable view that a woman can do anything that a man can do and has embodied that view even when mocked, criticised and ignored.

“Her passion and determination has been rewarded by changing the hearts and minds of many naysayers and showing that through sheer hard work and grit that anything is possible.

“Sheila is a legend in women’s football and football management and has given a huge amount of her personal time, energy and enthusiasm to the game.”

She helped form the club in 1969 and played for 25 years.

As captain she won many League Championships and 6 FA Cup Finals.

The citation added: “Sheila continues to inspire and create opportunities for successive generations of talented girls and women who may otherwise not have had an outlet to demonstrate their skills, sporting prowess and team-spirit.

She is currently general manager of the club, continuing to developing women’s football in Doncaster.