The prize, given in association with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, is for Houghton’s role in football development, her contribution to charities and for inspiring more girls and women to take up the game.
Houghton said on Twitter: “The North East is hugely represented in the England team and I hope it helps inspire more young girls and boys to chase their dreams. I’m so proud to come from the North East! Thank you to my family always for your support!
“It is a huge honour to win such a prestigious award. There have been so many legends from the North East, who I look up to whom have previously won this award. It is testament to the growth + strength of the women’s game that a female has been acknowledged...”
Everyone at City would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Steph on a much-deserved accolade.