Southampton FC's Head of Women's and Girls' Football, Marieanne Spacey-Cale MBE, was honoured at a special ceremony at Worcester University last week, where she graduated with a Masters in Sports Coaching.
The former England international, with more than 90 caps as a player, was further recognised for her outstanding contribution and achievements in sport with an Honorary Doctorate, having also spent 11 years at the FA helping to develop, grow and advance coaching practises in the women's game.
Her experience, coupled with her drive and determination to make women's football a success in her first few months at Southampton, has led to an unbeaten start to the campaign for the club's first team, as well as significant progress in this year's SSE Women's FA Cup.
Reflecting on her achievement, Marieanne said: "Receiving the award of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Worcester, and the support and guidance I received as I completed my Masters in Sports Coaching, has been phenomenal.
"Picking the award up in the beautiful surroundings of Worcester Cathedral with family, friends and fellow students close to me will be a very treasured memory."