|Kelly Jayne Smith, MBE OLY
|29 October 1978
At the age of 7 Kelly had already started playing football with the boys in the school playground. It was the thrill she got from doing this that she realised she had a passion for sport and natural talent for football. After being asked to leave two boys teams (for being their best player!) she played for several local girls teams until her innate talent was spotted by Arsenal Ladies Football Club scouts at the age of 16.
Her career progressed rapidly from there to the extent that she was one of the youngest ever players to be selected to play for the England national Ladies team making her debut v Italy in 1995 at the age of 16.
Kelly made her first senior debut in women’s football with Wembley Ladies.
Kelly had a successful first season in the W League.
Kelly was drafted second in the WUSA and was named in the 2001 WUSA Global All Star Team.
Kelly played an important role in the 8 games she participated in whereby she scored 8 goals and 6 assists.
Kelly was delighted and surprised to be appointed MBE in 2008.
Kelly signed for Boston Breakers and joined the Massachusetts side for the commencement of the Women’s Professional Soccer league in April 2009.
Kelly continues to be a trailblazer and inspire the next generation through her punditry, partnerships and community work.