Kirsty Smitten RIP

An entrepreneur, scientist, charity ambassador and a keen footballer for AFC Norton Woodseats – Kirsty was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of heart cancer in February. Despite open heart surgery over the summer and a brave fight, she died in hospital on October 4.

Friend and coach at AFC Norton Woodseats Corey Doman said: “She was incredible. I could live for five hundred years and never achieve what she did in her time. She would do anything for anyone. She loved women’s football and did so much to advance it. The squad more or less exists because she wanted somewhere to play. She organised funding, kits, tracksuits, she was captain. She wanted everyone to do their best.”

As well as an incredible name in local football, Kirsty was named the Federation of Small Businesses’ Entrepreneur of the Year in May 2023 for her role as founder and CEO of Sheffield drug development company MetalloBio Limited. She was listed on Forbes’ ’30 Under 30 Scientist’ list and was completing her PhD in Microbiology at The University of Sheffield. She was also a lead ambassador for cancer charity Sarcoma UK.

A post on the team’s Facebook page reads: “Kirst is a massive part of this team and worked tirelessly to make what we have today. She spent hours writing up funding applications, pre/post match reports, sorting finances and then leading the girls on the field just to name a few of the many wonderful things Kirst did for us. But apart from that Kirst was an incredible friend to all of us and such a kind lass who’d do anything for us lot. This team meant the world to Kirsty and she means the world to us. It just won’t be the same without her.”

Friends, family and teammates held a charity game between AFC Norton Woodseats Ladies and many players Kirsty has shared a pitch with over the years at Oliver Grove Sports Club and Football Ground. The match was in aid of Sarcoma UK, and a GoFundMe page has been set up in her memory.

For more information about AFC Norton Woodseats Ladies, visit their Facebook page.

 

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