Derby County Football Club Women have once again been recognised as one of the best run clubs in the National League, after being named as runners-up to Southampton Women at the 2021/22 season FA Women’s National League awards evening.

The Ewe Rams remain the only club in the history of the women’s game to have won the award twice, doing so in 2015 and 2018, and according to Derby County Women Chief Executive Officer, Duncan Gibb it provides further evidence that the club is getting it right both on and off the field.

“Whilst it would have been nice to have made it a hattrick in terms of this award, we congratulate Southampton on what has been a superb season for them culminating in their securing a place in the FA Women’s Championship,” Gibb said.

“Given the well documented issues and challenges that we have had to face this season, to once again feature heavily in the FA’s thinking is pleasing. We set four cornerstones at the start of the season in terms of what we wanted to achieve both on and off the field, and subsequently delivered on each, despite the challenges associated with the main club entering administration in September and remaining in it for the rest of the season.

“Behind the scenes the clubs Operational and Governance Boards worked tirelessly to ensure that we delivered our off-field objectives and minimised the impact of the main clubs entry into administration on the playing side of things. There were still challenges and First Team Manager, Sam Griffiths and her staff team and players deserve huge credit in delivering the clubs highest ever league position, at the same time as bringing a record seven players through from our esteemed Academy.

“It’s nice that Derby County are clearly still seen and regarded as one of the most progressive clubs operating at National League level, and our aspirations to progress to the Championship remain as fierce as ever.”

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