A DEDICATED mother-of-two is set to raise the profile of women’s football after she was invited to meet the Prime Minister.
As reported last week, Diana Golding, of Turks Road, Radcliffe, had beaten off stiff competition to be named Tesco Mum of the Year.
Now the 44-year-old, who has devoted years to supporting her football-mad daughters, has been granted an exclusive audience with David Cameron.
Today she will travel to Downing Street with her fellow award winners for a reception for inspirational women hosted by the Prime Minister as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.
Diana said: “I am going for the fun and the experience, but if there is an opportunity to promote women’s’ football and girls’ football with David Cameron, then of course I will have that conversation.
“From my point of view, it is all about funding and about increasing sport participation in Bury through that.
“This is a fantastic opportunity and I will be sure to take it.”
A star-studded ceremony in London later this month will see Diana, who is deputy office manager at Bury Church High School, be presented with her Supportive Mum award.
She was nominated by 22-year-old daughter Lucy in honour of the support she has shown to her and 18-year-old sister Holly’s development in women’s football.
In 2008, Diana became chairman of the then-struggling Bury Girls and Ladies FC and dedicated herself to raising funds so the club could invest in new kit and equipment and better training facilities.
Her hard work and determination saw the club’s number of teams increase from five to 12 and Bury Girls and Ladies now have 200 women on their books.
She said: “There are hundreds of girls out there who want to play football. They just need to know where to go.
“Football boosts girls’ confidence and their self-esteem.
“The younger girls get to spend time with the older girls, who are positive role models for them.”