Loughborough Graduate wins the first 'Asian Woman Footballer of the Year' award

Loughborough University MSc graduate, Aditi Chauhan, has created history by becoming the first Asian Woman Footballer of the year in England.

The awards, supported by the English Football Association (FA) and the Asian Football Project, recognise achievements of British Asians in football.

Coming from a country that doesn’t have a domestic league of its own, Aditi became the second only female from her country to play women’s football in England and the first to win Asian Woman Footballer of the year.

Having graduated with an MSc in Sports Management at Loughborough, Aditi kick started her football journey when her school coach asked her to participate in the under-19 team trials. Playing for the Loughborough Students Women’s Football Club (LSWFC) over the last year, Aditi now turns her focus to playing for West Ham United Ladies in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division.

Speaking of her award, she comments:

This award is all worth it. Getting this award at Wembley is a fairytale, especially for someone who comes from a country that has no league for women. It was not easy to pursue a career in football. I am thankful to West Ham and my family for all the support.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.