Inspirational Woman Of The Day

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Hope Patricia PowellCBE (born 8 December 1966) is an English former international footballer who is the coach of the England women’s national football team and the Great Britain and Northern Ireland women’s Olympic football team. Powell is an ‘A’ License coach and in 2003 became the first woman to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence – the highest coaching award available.

As a player, Powell won 66 caps for England, mainly as an attacking midfielder, scoring 35 goals. She made her England debut at the age of 16, and went on to play in the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, England’s first World Cup appearance. She was also vice-captain of her country. At club-level, she played for Millwall Lionesses for nine years and won the FA Women’s Cup three times, including a league and Cup double as captain of Croydon in 1996.

She was appointed as the first ever full-time national coach in 1998 and has led England to the 2001 European Championship, the quarter-finals of the 2005 European Championship, the 2007 World Cup Finals and the final of the 2009 European Championship. As well as managing the England Senior team, she oversees the whole set-up from Under-15s to the Under-21s, a coach mentoring scheme and The FA’s National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University.

In 2003 Powell became the first woman to be awarded the UEFA Pro Licence, studying alongside Stuart Pearce. She had become England coach in 1998, and led the national team to the final of Euro 2009 where they lost to Germany. It was speculated that Powell would become the first female manager in men’s football when she was linked with the vacant managerial role at Grimsby Town F.C. in October 2009, however caretaker manager Neil Woods was appointed on a permanent basis.

Powell was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2002 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.  In 2003 she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of her talents.

Powell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of East London in 2011.

Powell is a lesbian. In August, 2010, she was named in 68th place on The Independent newspaper’s Pink List of influential lesbian and gay people in the UK.  During her playing career she had embarked on heterosexual relationships with men, who were “intrigued” to discover that she was a footballer.


  1. Hope for England Manager! (Men’s!) It’s a scandal that she’s continually overlooked by the men’s game.

  2. I love her! I think she is absolutely amazing.

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