Football ace Liz nominated for TV sports hero award

Liz Anderson with Judy Murray.
Liz Anderson with Judy Murray.

A Leven woman with a passion for sport is to be recognised for her dedication as part of a special programme celebrating Scotland’s heroes.

Liz Anderson, player/manager at East Fife Ladies football team, has been nominated as Sports Volunteer of the Year, which is supported by Judy Murray, as part of the ‘RBS Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes’ programme.

The fourth episode of the Scottish series will be aired this Friday, and Liz will be featured alongside fellow nominees, Joe McCafferty from neighbouring Glenrothes and Alan Soutar who hails from Arbroath.

As well as her dual role on the local side, Liz gives up at least 20 evening hours a week and a number of her weekends to coaching the club’s two senior squads and the under 17s.

Liz is also actively involved in coaching many of the other squads at the club, as well as being involved in the local ‘school to club’ programme.

She was nominated by 
East Fife Ladies chairman Arthur Robertson, who Liz met after she joined the team aged 18.

It was Arthur’s late wife’s wish for there to be squads set up for young girls in the area, and Liz was happy to take on the challenge.

Now, girls from Leven, Methil, Buckhaven and Kirkcaldy benefit from her expertise, for which she doesn’t get a penny.

Mr Robertson said: “Liz has taken on this challenge with even greater passion than she puts in to her tackles.”

The ‘RBS Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes’ campaign launched in Summer 2013, with Scots urged to nominate their community heroes in a number of categories.

The first of the five episodes featuring the final 30 nominees aired last month, and viewers are asked to vote for their favourite in a number of categories which include Carer and Young Carer of the Year, Community Project of the Year, Community Champion of the Year and Courage Award.

The overall winners will be announced in a special programme hosted by Carole Smillie on November 15.

Catch Liz’s story tonight (Friday) on STV at 8.00p.m.