Rimla Akhtar is chair of the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation, an organisation that seeks to raise awareness and providing opportunities for women, particularly from minority ethnic communities, to participate in sporting activities which take into consideration religious and cultural sensitivities. Rimla has also represented the MWSF at international futsal competitions. She has worked in the FA and footballing community through consultancy and holds a number of positions including on the National Race Equality Advisory Group, the Asian and Muslim Women and Girls Working Group and the Referees Diversity Action Group. The chartered accountant, who captained the British Muslim Women’s football team in 2005 and played cricket for her county as a teenager,was selected in 2012 as one of 400 women to be recognised by the Women of the Year scheme. Ms Akhtar worked with Olympic organisers to advise them on female representation at London 2012, and recently helped to extend the charity’s programmes to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. In December 2013 she collected the Community Award at the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

Watch Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2013 – ceremony highlights
01:42 Rimla Receives Award