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BBC East Midlands Sports Unsung Hero 2009 finalist

BBC East Midlands Sports Unsung hero finalist Sally Page coaching her team

A Leicestershire woman, who runs two ladies' football teams, is one of the three finalist for the BBC East Midlands Sports Unsung Hero Award 2009.

Fifty-year-old mum Sally Page, from Heather, runs Heather St John Ladies; the first and reserves football team.

The team had no manager so Sally stepped in and learnt the game. She now has coaching qualifications.

John Inverdale will present the award at Leicestershire's Loughborough University on Thursday 3 December 2009.

Sally knew nothing about football until 10 years ago when she became manager of the girls football team after her daughter wanted to take up the sport.

Heather St John Ladies has achieved promotion in the last two seasons and now play in the East Midlands Premier - without Sally the team believes this would not have happened.

Sally Page with Heather St John Ladies Football Team
I just get involved because I enjoy football and it gives me a reward by watching the team do well
Sally Page, Unsung Hero finalist

Sally has a full-time job - she is a community psychiatric nurse as well running the teams.

She is responsible for all the football teams paperwork, kit, fund-raising, as well as training on Wednesday evenings and matches on Sundays.

Sally is a 'second mum' to everyone in the team.

Louise Parry, who nominated Sally, for the awards believes Sally keeps the team united.

"Every single player will tell you how nice Sally is and how welcoming she is to wanting players to enjoy playing football.

"Being manager and keeping the team going is a big thing for all the players. It keeps them fit and gives them focus on something positive.

"When the players were younger it kept them off the streets and gave them a chance to make new friends.

"Heather is very a small village and having a ladies football team does benefit the community."

Sally was overwhelmed to be nominated for the award.

"I just get involved because I enjoy football and it gives me a reward by watching the teams do well."

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