Kick It Out welcomes Heather Rabbatts' recognition in the New Year Honours List
Kick It Out welcomes the recognition given by the Queen to some outstanding individuals from the football world in the 2016 New Year Honours List.
FA Director and Inclusion Advisory Board Chair Heather Rabbatts has become a Dame for services to football and equality.
Prior to becoming the first female FA board member in 2012, Rabbatts had served as executive deputy chair at Millwall.
Kick It Out Chair Lord Herman Ouseley felt the acknowledgement is long overdue.
He said: “I’d like to congratulate Heather. She has broken new ground in her work with The FA and deserves great credit for standing up for what she believes in and trying to bring about change in the football world.
“At Kick It Out we want to see a diverse workforce right across football and we hope Heather’s achievements in this area will inspire future generations.”
Elsewhere, England internationals Steph Houghton and Fara Williams have both been appointed MBEs following their third-place finish at the World Cup in Canada with the Lionesses.
BBC commentator Jacqui Oatley also becomes an MBE, for her services to broadcasting and diversity in sport. Oatley was the first female commentator to appear on Match of the Day in 2007.
Houghton and Williams have demonstrated their undoubted talent on the pitch, while Oatley has told their story to millions of viewers.
All three have helped raise the profile of the women’s game in this country and, again, Kick It Out hopes their achievements will inspire future generations to participate in football.