Legends of Football, in aid of Nordoff and Robbins Music Therapy, have honoured Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes at a star-studded event in London this evening (Monday).
Hayes is being recognised alongside former Arsenal and England forward Ian Wright at the Legends of Football event, an annual charity fundraising night supported by the Premier League, in aid of music therapy charity, Nordoff and Robbins.
She becomes the latest name to be added to an esteemed list of previous recipients which includes Pele, David Beckham, Arsène Wenger and most recently, England manager, Gareth Southgate and Lioness hero, Ellen White.
On the announcement of her award earlier this year, Hayes commented: ‘I’m thrilled to be recognised amongst some of the biggest names in the game and can’t wait to join the illustrious company in the Legends of Football Hall of Fame. I’m delighted to accept the award alongside a true footballing legend in the shape of Ian Wright.
'It’s an honour to be associated with such an amazing charity like Nordoff and Robbins, they play a hugely important role in improving the lives of people across society through music. Music therapy is such a creative way of communicating with people, and I hope any money raised through the event can continue to support the incredible progress that’s been made so far.'
Legends of Football chairman Geoff Shreeves added: 'Emma’s Chelsea sides have been the standard bearers of women’s football in this country for the best part of a decade, with Emma at the forefront of their phenomenal success throughout.
'Her passion for the game knows no bounds and her influence on the sport in this country and across the world is seismic, with Emma’s ferocious work-rate and determination playing a huge part in making the women’s game what it is today.
'Hers and Ian’s induction into the Legends of Football Hall of Fame is thoroughly deserved and we’re delighted to have them both on board as ambassadors for Legends of Football and Nordoff and Robbins.'
Congratulations on your award, Emma!