Manchester City duo Chloe Kelly and Lauren Hemp were both named as winners in their respective categories at the North West Football Awards on Monday evening.
The ceremony, hosted at The Point, Old Trafford, saw Kelly named as Women’s Player of the Season, with her teammate Hemp scooping The Athletic Women’s Rising Star of the Season accolade.
The former attended the showpiece event to collect her trophy in person, with the latter receiving hers at City Football Academy prior to linking up with England on international duty.
The pair both enjoyed highly successful 2020/21 campaigns wearing City blue, with Kelly shining in her first season at the Academy Stadium after her summer switch from Everton, scoring 16 goals in 34 appearances.
Hemp meanwhile overcame an early season injury setback, returning to the fray in December and finding the back of the net 10 times in 23 outings as Gareth Taylor’s side smashed record after record in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League,
Speaking about her success, Kelly said: “I’m very happy to win this award and really appreciate everyone’s votes – there were some amazing players nominated in my category.
“I’ve been loving life as a Manchester City player, but I’m hungry to achieve more. I’m working hard each day to make sure I’m in a better position than before my injury and I’ll be back soon fighting!”
Hemp also spoke about her achievement, adding: “It feels amazing to be recognised by people and it’s an honour to win this award.
“We’ve had a number of players nominated across both the men’s and women’s teams which speaks volumes about the talent we have here at City.
“I know I’m not the finished product yet and I know there’s so much more I can do to keep improving, but that will only come with continuing to listen to the coaches and teammates I have around me here at this amazing Club.”
Huge congratulations as well to PFA Players' Board member Peter Clarke who was named the North West Football Awards League Two Player of the Season.