Women’s football apprentice Estelle Randall wins award for inspiring others
We are delighted to announce that one of AoC Sport’s FA Women’s Football Apprentices has received a national award at the recent Football Black List awards.
Estelle Randall, a former student at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS), was recognised at the Football Black List awards, which highlights the contributions of people from African and Caribbean backgrounds to the game – a group that is under represented away from the pitch.
She was highly commended in the Ugo Ehiogu Ones to Watch list as one of 30 talented people from across the football industry under the age of 30 who are inspiring the next generation.
The award was an unexpected surprise for the 21-year-old. Speaking after the star-studded awards ceremony, Estelle said: “It blows my mind, it was quite a shock to find out I had won an award.
“I didn’t realise the impact was so big and so impressive and that actually I’m doing really well.
“Having my parents there was a massive deal for me. To get that recognition from an outside source and for them to see that is huge.”
The list which was compiled by Ugo’s family, Football Black List founders, partners and the Premier League includes people from across the football industry, including community workers, small business owners, current professional players, youth coaches and scouts.
Estelle’s name is now on a board alongside big names in the sport, such as Fabrice Muamba and AFC Bournemouth player Tyrone Mings.
She was one of the first Women’s Football Apprentices to join the AoC Sport programme back in February 2017.
In her role at SGS, she single-handedly took a group of female students from trying football for the first time, to establishing a competitive team and coaching them to their first victory.
She became a recognisable figure in her local area as a goalkeeper coach and player for the Bristol City Ladies first team and clearly made a significant impact on those around her.
“It’s amazing to be on the board, especially as underneath my name is Fabrice Muamba. There are some big people on that list and I felt awfully young, I could have been one of the youngest there.
“There were names like Tyrone Mings and you think wow, they’re already established people.”
Estelle is now balancing studying for a degree in Sports Rehab, Conditioning and Massage, with her goalkeeping duties for Cardiff City in the Women’s Premier League.
— BlackCat (@estelle_randall) November 2, 2018