Crawley Old Girls founder honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List
Thursday 24 June 2021
The founder and chair of Crawley Old Girls (COGs), Carol Bates, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to football and inclusion in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours list.
COGs was set up in 2015 with the help of the Crawley Town Community Foundation and started as a group of 10 friends over the age of 40. It has now grown to more than 100 members who come together to have some fun playing football, over 5 sessions a week, which cover all abilities from no experience to experienced players.
COGs have previously been in the FA Women’s Football Awards and won the FA #WeCanPlay Participation Award in 2016. They were also winners at the Sussex Sports Awards 2018.
Carol has also previously been recognised for her work in getting her community active, and was a finalist in the 2019 Sunday Times sportswoman of the year award. She has been actively involved in the This Girl Can Sussex Network that brings partners together to support more women and girls to get active. As a result of this, Carol connected with Women in Sport and was featured in their recent #Menopossibilites campaign shining a light on menopause and physical activity and sharing women's stories.
On hearing about the honour Carol said: “the thing I am most proud of is that the women come along and have been coming along for years are still coming today and still loving it and sharing how much they enjoy it. It’s just the pride of creating something that is so full of joy for women our age and we still have people joining and - including two women over 50 last week."