England and Manchester City defender Steph Houghton says she is honoured to have the chance to contribute to the future of womenâ€™s football after UEFA named her as a development ambassador.
Inspiring others is part of the daily work for Steph Houghton. Her never-say-die attitude was emphasised by the injury-time free-kick that gave her Manchester City side a winning start to the FA Womenâ€™s Super League, 1-0 over Notts County, on the week that she was named as a UEFA womenâ€™s football development ambassador with the task of spreading the positive impact much further afield.
â€œI am very honoured to become a UEFA Womenâ€™s Football Development Ambassadorâ€, said Houghton, a bronze medal winner with England at the FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup in Canada in 2015. â€œThe womenâ€™s game has grown so much over the past few years but there is still so much that can be done to develop it further.
â€œI hope that I can make a significant contribution and support the game, especially in countries and with UEFAâ€™s member associations that donâ€™t get the same support that we are fortunate to have here in England.â€
Houghton joins Camille Abily, VerÃ³nica Boquete, Laura Georges and Lotta Schelin in the role, showing youngsters what is possible for girls and women by dedicating themselves to football. She has some rousing experiences to fall back on as well, having represented Great Britain during the London Olympics in 2012 and scoring the winning goal against Brazil in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium.