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Record youngsters add to special day

27 June 2013

Yesterday saw 5372 witness the England Women's team take on Japan in a 1-1 draw at Burton Albion  in their final friendly before they depart for the UEFA Women's Euro in July. 

Youngsters from across the region had taken up the opportunity to get free tickets as part of The FA's 150th anniversary celebrations and were out in force to give the Lioness's a roaring send off to Sweden.

Prior to kick off fans aged 5-16 years old were invited to take part in a free, interactive fan zone, brought by Continental Tyres. The event was run as part of a series of exciting match day experiences, taking place at key FA Women’s matches across the season. A record number of over 700 youngsters took part in the activities aimed at encouraging girls to get involved in the game.
Games included batak boards, a speed cage, a target shoot inflatable plus a new trailer that houses digital stations and The FA WSL trophy and Cyprus Cup. FA qualified coaches from the Burton Albion FC Community Trust were on hand to assist with skills and drills with FA WSL star Cristina Torkildsen from Birmingham City also present to meet and greet the participants.  

The youngsters received top tips and advice on how to get involved in football and a Q&A session was held to give an insight into what it is like to be a semi-professional player. The inspired children had opportunities to have photographs with their FA WSL hero and the trophies. There was also a Female Referee Ambassador present, Lucy May, whom delivered practical mini whistler activities. 

In addition the loveable FA WSL mascot Berry and Burton Albion's very own mascot Billy Brewer made a guest appearance causing much excitement amongst the crowd when they took part in a mascot 'dance off'. To top it off, children had the chance to take part in hair braiding and face painting, all adding to the England party atmosphere at a hugely successful day at the Pirelli Stadium.

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