Hope Powell accepts honorary membership into the League Managers Association.
England Women's Head Coach Hope Powell has accepted honorary membership of the League Managers Association (LMA).
Powell has been Head Coach of the England Women’s team since 1998, and in 2003 became the first woman to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching award available.
Powell said: "I’m absolutely thrilled to have received this invitation from the LMA which I see as a very proactive body that is earning an increasingly influential role in the game.
"I regard it as a great honour and privilege not just for myself but also for women’s football in this country. I look forward to being a member and participating fully in the LMA’s activities."
Howard Wilkinson, chairman of the LMA said: “I am delighted that Hope has agreed to join our ranks. The LMA can only benefit from the energy and enthusiasm she so willingly puts into the game and her thoroughly professional methods have earned great respect.
"The work she has so successfully undertaken with the England Women’s senior team, together with overseeing all the arrangements from the U15s to the Under-23s, certainly deserves the highest recognition.”
FA Chief Executive Ian Watmore added: "We at The FA are delighted for Hope to become an honorary member of the League Managers Association. We are proud of all of Hope’s work for The FA over a number of years and this is a wonderful recognition of her achievements."
Having been appointed as the first full-time national team coach in 1998, Powell has led England to the 2001 European Championship, the 2005 European Championship hosted by England, the 2007 World Cup Finals in China and, last summer, the final of the 2009 European Championship in Finland.
Her playing career was similarly distinguished; winning 66 England caps and scoring 35 goals as an attacking midfielder. At club level Powell won The FA Women’s Cup three times, twice with Millwall Lionesses and including a League and Cup double as captain of Croydon in 1996. In 2002 Powell was appointed OBE and, two years later, was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.