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GLL’s Erika Di Ludovico has been crowned Playfinder’s 2019 Sports Facility Manager of the Year. Erika is in charge of Islington’s popular Market Road Football Pitch facilities and has consistently laid on an exceptional service for sports players over the past 12 months.

Market Road is situated next door to the Islington Tennis Centre. Sports players can get access to two full-size 3G artificial pitches that are marked for 11a-side and 5a-side football and three 5a-side pitches.

Playfinder launched this award for grassroots sports users to show their appreciation to the best managers and reward them for all their hard work in creating the best sporting experiences possible. 

During the year, Erika has been integral in placing bookings for community groups, schools and local sports players living and working across London. 


Sports Facility Manager of the Year is a celebration of the integral role which facility managers play in the grassroots sector. 


The winner was presented with a trophy and a signed certificate by David Sheepshanks OBE and Playfinder co-founder Jamie Foale.  Jamie Foale, Playfinder CEO, commented: “Erika has been a star performer and fully deserving of this award. Market Road plays a major role in the local Islington community and a big reason for that is Erika’s tireless work to ensure the centre runs smoothly.” GLL’s Block Bookings and Administration Officer Erika Di Ludovico followed, “What a pleasant

surprise it was to be notified of this award from Playfinder. I certainly wasn’t expecting it! We at GLL,

take great pride in the service we offer to the football community and in this case, made all the

easier by fantastic partnership working with the team at Playfinder.