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Scotland Women's National Team head coach Shelley Kerr and Jayne Ludlow have each been awarded an MBE in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Shelley was appointed Scotland's national team head coach in 2017 and after a successful qualification campaign where they won seven out of eight matches, they secured their place at the Women's World Cup.
They will now face England on Sunday night in the Stade de Nice in what will be an historic occasion.
Shelley Kerr has had a rich coaching career, managing Kilmarnock, Hibernian and Spartans before joining the Scottish FA, first as Regional Development Officer and then as Technical and Development Programme Manager for Girls' and Women's Football.
In 2010 she led the Scotland Women's Under-19 national team to the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship finals.
After leaving the Scottish FA, she moved to England to manage Arsenal Ladies from 2013 until 2014, during which time she won two consecutive FA Cups.
She became the first female manager in British men's senior football when she was appointed manager of Stirling University in 2014, leading them to a British Universities Championship Final and achieving consistent top five finishes in the Scottish Lowland Football League.
During a 20-year playing career she represented a number of clubs including Kilmarnock, Hibernian, Doncaster Rovers Belles and Spartans, winning every major club honour in Scotland.
She also earned 59 caps for Scotland, captaining her country on multiple occasions and scoring three goals.
Now, before Scotland's debut at a FIFA World Cup, she has been given another honour to add to an ever growing list.
Shelley Kerr told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "It's not often I'm lost for words but I was speechless when I found out I've been awarded an MBE and really surprised.
"It's a tremendous honour and one I'm immensely proud of.
"I've always been brought up with good values and being a team player. It's times like these that I look back and think about everyone who has helped me.
"As a wee girl I had a passion for football and I've developed over the years but I've always wanted to give something back to the game.
"To be recognised for that gives me a real sense of pride.
"I would say the award is more about other people than it is about me. The players have created a huge amount of profile for the women's national team off the back of their performances on the park and they deserve a huge amount of credit for that.
"I've worked in the development side of the game and there's been so many people who have supported me as a individual and it's down to them I've been recognised.
"I've been sworn to secrecy so I only really told my parents and my daughter prior to the announcement. My family have sacrificed so much to support me and this award is for them as much as it is for me."
Following Tuesday night's win against New Zealand, Wales manager Jayne Ludlow has another reason to celebrate after being awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to women's football in Wales.
Originally from Llwynypia, Ludlow played football for Barry Town Ladies, eventually joining Arsenal in 2000 where she spent 13 years of her playing career. At Arsenal, Ludlow won the UEFA Women's Cup as well as eleven league titles and six league cups. She was also voted the Football Associations Player's Player of the Year three times between 2001 and 2004.
On the international stage, Ludlow won her first cap at the age of 17 against the Republic of Ireland. She scored 19 goals for Wales is part of an elite group of female players that have reached more than 50 caps, having played 61 times for her country.
After retiring from playing, Ludlow turned to management, taking charge of Reading Women FC in the English WSL system. Ludlow then accepted the role of managing Wales in 2014 and has led her country through their most successful period in the women's game. Under Ludlow's management, Wales have broken into the top 30 of the FIFA women's rankings for the first time. Her team have captured the hearts of the nation, with last year's match against England attracting a crowd of more than 5,000, a new attendance record for the women's game in Wales.
"I'm honoured and humbled to get this recognition," Jayne told faw.cymru. "I hope all those working alongside me are as proud of this as I am. I am very lucky to have been given so much help from our women's team staff and players over the last few years and as a group we are benefiting from loving the experience of working together as a national team.
"I hope all those who have helped me along the way from my days in Treherbert to the football clubs I have represented will enjoy this recognition too."
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