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Manisha Tailor was wins with the Woman in Football honour at the Asian Football Awards
12:01pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
She fell in love with football at a young age thanks to her twin brother Mayur but it was a chance meeting with England footballer Rachel Yankey that reignited Manisha Tailor’s passion for the sport.
And on Tuesday, she received the Woman in Football honour at the Asian Football Awards.
But it could have all been so different for the North Finchley coach after she turned her back on the game at the age of 18.
“All Mayur and I did when we were younger was play football; it was why I fell in love with the game,” she said.
“But then, when we were 18, he became depressed and sadly he hasn’t recovered. I didn’t want anything to do with football at that point, so I turned my attention to teaching.”
It wasn’t until Tailor met England international Yankey in 2006 that her passion for football was reignited.
“I owe a great deal to Rachel,” she said. “I was working as an assistant head teacher at a primary school in Wembley when we met at a football education project.
“She inspired me to get back into the game and I remember that I went home after a coaching session, Mayur followed me around the house staring at my kit and smiling.
“It just clicked inside of me after that and I realised I was doing the right thing and that football was something that could help his recovery.”
Tailor is coach at Gibbons Wreckers, a club founded by Yankey, and has worked with Arsenal’s Girls Centre of Excellence, the FA and is a scout for Brentford – which made her the first British Asian female to hold such a position at a Football League club.
It is an impressive list of achievements and one that was deservedly honoured at the event, held at Wembley Stadium.
She said: “It is great to be recognised for what you do. To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting to win so it came as a bit of a surprise.
“It was a really enjoyable evening and there were a lot of people involved in football there, such as Gary Lineker and Ray Parlour.
“Getting the award is nice but the most important thing for me is to get the message across to people that football really can make a positive impact on people’s lives.”
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