From as long as she can remember Kelly has loved football, both playing and as an avid Bolton Wanderers supporter. In the 1980’s, she joined a girls only training session during the school holidays but other than that, there were very few opportunities for her to play and once she started high school, they fizzled out completely. Her efforts were put into other sports, excelling in athletics, but football was always her first love.
Fast forward to August 2016 Kelly's efforts to promote the girls game through social media led her to being approached by the Bolton, Bury and District Football League who were keen to set up a girls only league.
In October 2016 she organised and ran a girls only tournament and the league was also born from this. In only 18 months, the league grew from just four teams to thirty teams between U8 and U11, playing football on a weekly basis.
During this period, she was also involved in the pilot of the FA Wildcats Football Centres and introduced 70 girls between the ages of 4 and 12 to football, many of whom are still playing to this day.
Although she no longer runs the BBDFL Wildcats Centre, Kelly is currently in the process of setting up a number of girls teams as part of CMB FC in Bolton by providing free weekly football training for girls aged 4-12, who are new to the sport, because never again should any girl should be told they can’t play football!