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England internationals Casey Stoney and Alex Scott have visited a Haywards Heath primary school ahead of next week's FIFA Women's World Cupô 2015 qualifier.
The players met children from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in the run up to their match against Montenegro which takes place at the AMEX Community Stadium, Brighton, on Saturday 5th April (kick off 12.55pm).
Defenders Scott and Stoney led the excited pupils in an exclusive coaching session, along with Albion in the Community football coaches who deliver weekly sessions at the school as part of their wider girls football participation programme across Sussex.
The youngsters received top tips in a skills and drills session, were given advice on how to get involved in football, and had the chance to ask their burning questions about what it is like to play for England.
The players were then welcomed to Brighton & Hove Albion FC by chief executive Paul Barber, Brighton & Hove City Councilor Lizzie Dean and Ken Benham, chief executive of the Sussex County FA.
Casey Stoney said: "It has been fantastic to come down to Brighton today and get such a great reception from St Joseph's.
"One of the great things we get to do as England players is meet children that love the game and want to learn as much as they can about it. The pupils loved the skills sessions and who knows, maybe there's an England star or two of the future there.
"Montenegro is an important game for us and we want to continue the good progress that we've made so far in the campaign. We're playing some really exciting attacking football at the moment and we hope that as many football fans as possible will come down and cheer us on."
Brighton & Hove Albion FC chief executive Paul Barber said: "Everyone at Brighton & Hove Albion is looking forward to hosting such a prestigious fixture in the women's football calendar.
"Ticket sales have gone very well in recent weeks demonstrating a real appetite for women's football in Sussex. Hopefully this match will offer a glimpse into the sort of crowds we can expect if our very own women's team one day plays in the FA Women's Super League (WSL)."
England's 'Lionesses' have never played at The AMEX, and their first game outing in Brighton will be Mark Sampson's first competitive game in charge as England Women's head coach. England have a 100 per cent record so far in the qualifying campaign, following victory in their first four matches.
The leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Councillor Jason Kitcat, added: "The FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier match is a great opportunity to showcase our city's brilliant stadium, and adds to Brighton & Hove's international reputation as a major host for culture and sporting events. I wish our players the best of luck for the game."
Along with the feast of international women's football in store, from 11am on match day fans are invited to take part in the FREE FA Junior Fanzone, brought by Continental Tyres.
Games include batak boards, a speed cage, a target shoot inflatable plus a trailer that houses the FA WSL trophy, Cyprus Cup and FA WSL Continental Cup, and digital stations. The FA WSL mascot Berry the bear will also be in attendance and staff from Sussex FA will be on hand to provide information on local football opportunities. There will be hair braiding and face painting, all of which will take place outside the AMEX.
Tickets are on sale now for the match, priced £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children, students and concessions. A family ticket is available at £10 (two adults, two children) and group discounts also apply.
Tickets can be purchased via Brighton & Hove Albion FC ticket office, online at www.seagulls.co.uk or by calling (0844) 327 1901.
Ticket are priced at:
Adults - £5.00
Children - £2.50 - Under 18's
OAPS - £2.50 - Over 65's
Students - £2.50 - Valid NUS Card must apply
Family ticket - £10.00 - 2 Adults and 2 Children
Disabled - Full price according to age category with carer going free
Group bookings for 15 people or more (no age restrictions and bookable in advance only): £3.00 Adults, £2.00 Concessions.
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