The Football Association have added their voice to the Brewers’ staging of the England v Japan Women’s International last Wednesday.
Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium was the venue for the match; which saw Hope Powell’s England take on World Champions Japan in a final run out ahead of this summer’s European Championships in Sweden.
The build up to the game saw numerous player appearances, with England stars working closely with the Burton Albion Community Trust to engage and inspire youngsters at local schools.
The day itself was a huge success. 5,327 were able to enjoy the 1-1 draw; with children from exactly 100 schools in attendance.
Prior to the match, those school children were able to enjoy an array of activities outside the stadium, including a record 700+ youngsters taking part in the Interactive Fan Zone.
Now, the Football Association themselves have become the latest to praise the success of the day.
FA Director of National Game and Women’s Football Kelly Simmons commented: ‘The England versus Japan match was a great advert for women's football.
With full stadia, a great atmosphere - including 700 children at the Conti festival outside the stadium - and a great host club; this was a wonderful send off for the England team.
Burton Albion Commercial Director Fleur Robinson added: ‘The club was delighted to hold such a prestigious game on what was a thoroughly entertaining day for all involved.
‘To witness so much enthusiasm from the local community, especially the young fans, was great to see and we hope to welcome these supporters back to the Pirelli Stadium over the course of the 2013/14 season.’