Former Chelsea star Eni Aluko and Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen urge public to vote for their heroes ahead of  Women’s Football Awards 

Eni Aluko has urged the public to continue voting for their heroes ahead of the inaugural Women’s Football Awards, taking place in London on May 25th.

The Women’s Football Awards, which celebrates the players, people, brands and organisations who are contributing to the phenomenal growth of the sport, announced their publicly-nominated shortlist last month.  

The public now has until Friday 21st April to cast their final votes.

Big footballing names including Arsenal’s Beth Mead and Leah Williamson, Manchester United’s Alessia Russo, Liverpool’s Missy Bo Kearns and Brighton and Hove Albion’s Poppy Pattinson are some of those nominated. Meanwhile, Real Madrid  and Scotland international  Caroline Weir and Barcelona’s Keria Walsh are  shortlisted in the International Player of the Year Award. 

The votes will then be assessed and ratified by a star-studded judging panel including Lionesses Nikita Parris and Jess Carter and sports media personalities such as Hayley McQueen, Sue Smith and Seema Jaswal. 

The Women’s Football Awards is set to be hosted by former Chelsea and England international Eni Aluko plus Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher, who will be joined by leading personalities from the women’s game alongside top celebrities and broadcasters. Sky Sports Breakfast presenter Hayley McQueen will also be involved in hosting duties on the night. 

Sponsored by global online fashion, beauty and lifestyle retailer SHEIN, it is the first time all levels of women’s football will be recognised at one flagship event. The Women’s Football Awards will pay tribute to grassroots greatness as well as national and international superstars of the women’s game. 

Other major award categories include Grassroots Initiative of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award and a series of accolades for people and brands working behind the scenes to expand the reach of women’s football.  

Brands including Arnold Clark, Starling Bank, Adidas, Three Mobile, EA Sports, Pepsi and legal firms Brabners and Michcon De Reya have all been shortlisted. 

A special pre-awards lunch took place this week as Eni Aluko,who made 102 appearances for the England national team, urged people to get involved:

“I am proud to be involved with the Women’s Football Awards. It will be an incredible event, highlighting the amazing work of players, brands, organisations and journalists to grow the game we love.

“It is the first major publicly voted women’s football awards to be held in this country and I want everyone to make sure they back their favourites ahead of the big night.

“It is incredibly important for the public to be as closely involved as possible in the voting and to get behind their heroes!

“I am so excited to see all the winners on May 25th and to celebrate the incredible achievements of everybody in the room. I am also looking forward to working with Hayley McQueen and Jamie Carragher at the event too.” You can vote for your Women’s Football Awards winners at