Reading FC Women striker recognised by teammatesWe are delighted that Reading FC Women striker Helen Ward was named Women’s Players’ Player of the Year at the 25th annual Football Association of Wales Awards on Monday evening. The ceremony, which took place at City Hall in Cardiff, recognised contribution to the game from both Welsh male and female players.
The Players’ Player award is given to the footballer who receives the most nominations from their peers – and Helen’s teammates from Wales selected her as their standout player. Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was selected as the winner of the men’s award!
Helen has previously represented Arsenal and Chelsea before joining Reading, and has been a fixture of the Wales team for many years – she is the all-time record goalscorer for Wales. She was also in the Welsh side which came within a whisker of completing an unprecedented qualification for this year’s World Cup – she netted the game’s only goal against Belarus and a brace past Montenegro during the qualifiers.
In domestic competition, she reached double figures for the Royals this weekend by sticking three past Millwall, as Reading FC Women took another step towards winning the FA WSL 2 title – promotion has already been secured after a win against Watford last month.
After winning the award, Helen said: “It means the world – I had a little girl just over a year ago, so to be back in the team is enough. But to be voted as Players’ Player of the Year is an unbelievable feeling.
“It has been a hard graft, and it’s nice to know that the players appreciate the work that I put in. The players see you day-in, day-out – they see you train and see you play. For the players to vote for me when they see everything is a real compliment, and I’m chuffed to bits.”