England Party Comes to Salford

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On Sunday 17th June 2012 from 3.00pm

Tickets go on sale today for an England football party at Salford City Stadium. Fans are being urged to buy in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Football Association and Manchester County FA have lined up an afternoon of family friendly activities from 3.00pm on Sunday 17th June outside the ground while the England women’s senior football team headline the event with a crucial Euro 2013 qualifier match against Holland kick off 5.15pm.

The party is in the middle of Euro 2012 and England fans are urged to come along ready for a party with wigs and face paint and fancy dress and be prepared to make some noise!

Entry is free for under 12s and all children will receive an England party bag packed with goodies.

Holland currently sit at the top of qualifying Group 6, with England close behind in second. Only the top-placed nation will qualify for next year’s Euro Finals in Sweden.

Hope Powell, England’s National Coach, said: “It’s a crucial match for us and we need some vocal support. We want the fans to really enjoy the day – especially all the kids invited – from the party atmosphere outside to the skill and entertainment we can provide on the pitch as one of the top 10 teams in the world.”

Pam Martin, Salford City’s Stadium manager, said of hosting this qualifier: “In our inaugural year, Salford City Stadium is delighted to welcome The FA to use our facilities. We are looking forward to opening the doors to the world of football and being seen as a destination for world class rugby and football.”

Pre-match entertainment from 3.00pm, Kick off 5.15pm 90 minute match
Tickets £5 per adult, Concessions £2.50, free for Under-12s, family ticket £10.

Ticket hotline 0844 888 0200: http://www.salfordcitystadium.com/events/

Story So Far:
England women are over half way through their European Qualifying Campaign and drew  0-0 with Holland in October 2011. Only the winners automatically qualify for Sweden 2013 with the runners-up taking part in play offs in October. England reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup in 2011 in Germany and the Final of the last European championships in 2009. England are currently ranked 9th in the world by FIFA – Holland are 14th. See www.thefa.com/England/womens-seniors for more. Women’s football is the 3rd biggest team participation sport in the country (only men’s cricket and football are bigger) according to recent Sport England research. The second season of the first ever professional FA women’s football league kicked off with 8 teams participating in a summer league (www.fawsl.com) on the 8th April 2012.

About The FA:
The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of football in England and is responsible for developing the men’s and women’s game at all levels, from grassroots to international teams. The FA has run the women’s game since 1993. As a not-for-profit organisation, The FA is committed to making football a positive and inclusive experience for everyone involved, from players and coaches to match officials and spectators. The FA runs 24 England teams, from youth and disability sides to the men’s and women’s seniors, as well as eleven competitions such as the world-famous FA Cup.  The FA will celebrate its 150 years anniversary in 2013.

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