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Women's Football News
On Thursday 4th April, the Deputy Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor John Foden, and the Deputy Mayoress, Mrs. Kath Foden, paid a visit to St. George's Park, the National Football Centre, to see the England women's team preparing for their home international match against Olympic bronze medallists Canada.
The match will be played at New York Stadium, on Sunday 7th April (3pm kick off). The Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayoress, who will be welcoming the side to their home town in three days time, passed on their best wishes to the team and spoke of their pride of hosting the Lionesses on their door step.
he fixture is part of two testing home internationals as Hope Powell prepares her side for Euro 2013. They will also play World Cup holders and Olympic silver medallists Japan on Wednesday 26 June. These two mouthwatering fixtures will form part of FA150 celebrations, helping to mark a special year for The Football Association - the 150th anniversary and 20 years since they took over the running of the women's game.
It is the first time that a Women's International has come to Rotherham United and the Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayoress of Rotherham are hoping that their town can boast a sell out crowd and fans will come out in force to cheer on England.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Foden said he was delighted to meet Powell and the players, as they supported the 'Football v Homophobia' campaign ahead of their visit to Rotherham.
He added: "I think it is absolutely marvellous that Rotherham is hosting this match. The town loves its football and we are really looking forward to welcoming this very talented team to Rotherham - particularly as the first ever women's international match in the town is being played at Rotherham United's brilliant new stadium.
"I am sure they will get a warm welcome and a huge amount of support from football fans and I wish them every success in their friendly against Canada, which they deserve to win for their skill, enthusiasm, dedication, hard work and wonderful team effort."
Prior to seeing the two teams in action, fans are invited to take part in FREE, fun football based interactive games, brought by Continental Tyres. Games include batak boards, a speed cage, a target shoot inflatable plus a new trailer which will house trophies and digital stations. Four players from Doncaster Rovers Belles - Victoria Williams, Kasia Lipka, Emma Higgins and Millie Bright - will be attending and to add to the enhanced fan experience, there will also be hair braiding and face painting, all of which will take place outside the stadium from 1.30pm.
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