ARSENAL Ladies coach Laura Harvey has praised her former club Coventry City Ladies
Laura, who was born in Bulkington, played for the Sky Blues for six years as a teenager and was quick to praise the club for achieving back-to-back promotions to the top flight of women's football.
"I am really chuffed for them. They have battled through some tough times over the years and I am just chuffed that they are now being rewarded for all the hard work that the people at the club have put in.
"Sometimes nice people in the game don't get the success they deserve but those people are getting that now and I think that's credit to everybody at the club, they fully deserve it.
"Hopefully everyone around the local area can get behind them now and women's football, especially with the Ricoh Arena staging women's football in the Olympics next year.
"I think it will prove that Coventry is the place to hold big events and the more people that can get down here and support the teams the better it will be for women's football."
Laura is hoping to secure her first success in the competition as the Gunners look to lift the prestigious trophy for the 11th time when they face Bristol Academy on next Saturday and the 30-year-old wants to erase the memories of last year's FA Cup final defeat to Everton.
"It will be the highlight of my career," said Laura. "To manage Arsenal at the Ricoh Arena will be a very proud moment especially because of my local links to the area, but it doesn't get any bigger than an FA Cup Final.
"Bristol have added a lot of new players to the system and are a good side so we know we've got to make sure we do our job right to win the game which isn't going to be an easy task.
"The arena and the environment could effect the players because it's an important game and everyone knows knows that anything could happen, but it also allows your top players to go out and perform on a nice surface in a good arena and that's what the top players thrive on."