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Jacqui Forster Award 2024: Winner announced

The Jacqui Forster Memorial Award, an award that celebrates the work of women in the supporter movement, has returned for 2024 and after receiving a strong list of candidates we are announcing the winner today – on International Women’s Day 2024.

The award is named after Jacqui Forster, who worked for Supporters Direct (SD) one of the FSA’s predecessors from 2003 until 2018, when she sadly passed away, following a long battle with cancer. SD was one of the forerunner organisations which eventually became the FSA.

And the winner of this year’s Jacqui Forster Memorial Award is: Sarah Keig from Fulham Lillies and Fulham Supporters’ Trust.

 

Sarah (pictured above) was nominated for her work in establishing and developing Fulham Lillies, a fan group at the west London club dedicated to growing the supporter base of Fulham’s women’s team and the presence of women at Fulham games.

The Lillies have also been vocal about the growing problem of ticket prices at Fulham, backing campaigns run by Fulham Supporters’ Trust to make Craven Cottage more affordable. The #AffordableFulham campaign culminated in demonstrations and in-stadium protests towards the end of 2023.

Sarah said: “I am so honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Jacqui Forster Award. This is a very proud moment for me and I am so grateful to have been nominated for an award which celebrates women in football.

“I am lucky to work with so many talented people within the football community and I recognise that I am only able to receive this award because of their help and support.”

Sarah was recently elected onto the FSA National Council and is already contributing to the our work at a national level by informing supporter groups across the country about the issues facing fans at Craven Cottage and their wider implications for the Premier League.

Led by Sarah, the Fulham Lillies also have been looking at matchday inclusion particularly around young families and mothers with very young children. It examined the barriers facing new parents who want to take babies and infants to football.

The report – titled You’re not welcome anymore – explores how and why clubs can make stadiums safe for young children to attend with their parents.

Sarah said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the FSA for this award as well as to my fellow Fulham Lillies, who work tirelessly as volunteers to ensure more women and girls have access to watching or playing football.”

The winner of the Jacqui Forster Award is selected by an FSA panel consisting of FSA elected representatives and FSA staff.

“Each year we have so many amazing women doing incredible work, making the job of picking a winner such a difficult task,” Jacqui’s widow Pete Baker said. “This year’s winner is certainly deserving – doing amazing work that Jacqui would have related to. Sarah has all the qualities that Jacqui herself possessed and is a deserved winner.”

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