Kelly Simmons MBE

Posted 12.05.2020

A huge contributor to the ongoing growth of women’s football, Kelly is Director of the Women’s Professional Game at The FA Kelly Simmons MBE, is leading the transformation of professional women’s football in England as the Director of the Women’s Professional Game at the FA. Kelly oversees The FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, FA Women’s National League and the Women’s Pyramid of Football.

Kelly’s been an extraordinary trailblazer for the women’s game, having spent over 20 years at the Football Association. Kelly was previously The FA Director of Participation and Development, overseeing the implementation of a £200M four year investment programme into children’s and grassroots football.

In recognition of all Kelly’s incredible work, in 2002 she was awarded an MBE Services to Football and in 2006 she received the BT Sports Industry Award for ‘Leadership in Sport’.

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