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Jacqui Forster Memorial Award

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Vicki Goodfellow worked at Supporters Direct alongside Jacqui Forster for many years before Jacqui passed away in 2018. Here, Vicki explains Jacqui’s legacy and the Jacqui Forster Memorial Award. If you know anyone who deserves to be nominated, we’d love to hear from you…

As many of you will be aware, Jacqui Forster passed away after a long and courageous fight against cancer in 2018.

Jacqui fell in love with football having been taken to watch her beloved Altrincham by her dad, standing on the terraces and prompting her to help set up a supporters’ trust. Her work caught the eye of Brian Lomax and, after joining Supporters Direct in 2003, it gave her a platform to help supporters find their voice across the country.

Jacqui was passionate and dedicated, and was involved in almost every one of the 200 supporters’ trusts at some stage of their development. Alongside her professionalism was a personality and warmth that will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all in the movement, and more latterly from her inspirational new venture, Women at the Game.

This annual award is designed to celebrate and recognise women like Jacqui who give their spare time to promote the values and principles of the supporter movement.

If you would like to nominate a female volunteer from a trust or supporter owned club, please email us (enquiries@supporters-direct.org) their name, organisation and a statement as to why you believe they should win the award by Monday 24th June at 5pm.

The winner will be decided by a panel which will be made up of people who knew Jacqui and her contribution to the movement. The award will be presented at the FSA AGM on Saturday 29th June at the Royal National Hotel, London.

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