Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has been announced as the winner of the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2022 London Football Awards.
The awards are an annual celebration of the very best of football in the capital, with the Outstanding Contribution to London Football considered the evening's most prestigious prize.
Previous winners in the category include Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Frank Lampard and 2021 recipient Roy Hodgson. Hayes is the first woman to win the award in the ceremony's eight-year history.
Speaking about her win, Hayes said: “As a Londoner, I'm extremely proud. It's an award ceremony I've attended several times and watched several wonderful people win, with all they've achieved in the game. To be receiving this award in my hometown – and more importantly in Camden, my real hometown – is a huge honour for me and my family."
The Chelsea boss enjoyed a hugely successful 2020/21 season as her side completed the domestic treble for the first time, scooping the WSL, Continental Cup and FA Cup. The Blues also reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history, but were beaten by Barcelona.
In recognition of Chelsea's success, Hayes has already been the recipient of numerous individual awards over the past few months, being named the 2020/21 WSL Manager of the Year and FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year for 2021, in addition to being awarded an OBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours list for her services to women’s football.
All proceeds from the London Football Awards go to Willow, a charity that helps to provide special days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions.
Bob Wilson OBE, founder of Willow said: “The London Football Awards judging panel are thrilled to be recognising Emma’s achievements at this years’ awards. Over the years Emma’s name has appeared as a nominee several times. Her contribution to the game and in particular women’s football is incredible and we are extremely honoured to celebrate this at the 2022 event.”