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Cardiff marks 100 day countdown
 Women's Football WFA News - 25 Feb 2017
In just under 100 days, the UEFA Women's Champions League final will take place at Cardiff City Stadium, and to mark this historic milestone, a huge celebration of the tournament took place in the Welsh capital city on Tuesday.
Wales Women's team manager Jayne Ludlow lifted the trophy as captain of Arsenal in 2007, and has now been named an official 2017 UWCL Final Ambassador. "It's an honour to be an ambassador and to be here to witness such a stirring celebration of women's football," explained Ludlow to www.faw.cymru.
"Seeing the huge UEFA star-ball in the city centre really brings home to you what a significant event this is for Wales, and what an opportunity it gives us to grow women's football participation as a result. The UEFA Women's Champions League is arguably the strongest competition for top level female players in the world. Having played in the competition with Arsenal and having had the honour of lifting the trophy in 2007, it will be great to welcome the world's best female footballers to Wales in June."
The event was headlined by 100-members of the Cor Glanaethwy (North Wales Choir) who surprised an unsuspecting public in the Cardiff Central Library with a flash mob performance that confirmed that the trophy had really arrived in the 'Land of Song'. The choir then defied the elements to take to the streets of the city centre and perform in front of the UEFA star-ball structure that had been erected the night before.
"I was lucky enough to watch Cor Glanaethwy today and see the reactions of the general public when they performed," Ludlow added. "Wales as a nation is known throughout the world for our singing and this was the perfect way to convey the sense of pride we have in hosting the final."
Ludlow was joined by members of the Wales Women's senior team to help launch the event, and the players couldn't help but to be caught up in the whole inspiring experience.
"It's huge, it's an absolutely massive event," explained Helen Ward to FAW.cymru. "It's going to create a lot of interest and support as the ticket prices are very affordable for anyone that wants to come along. It's a great chance for Wales to see the pinnacle of women's football. I'm really looking forward to it and really excited to see some of the best players in Europe and the world come over to play in the final."
"It's a great way to introduce young girls to the very best players and the standards they can aspire to," said Nadia Lawrence. "I'll be there to watch the final. I can remember when I was younger watching the Women's World Cup on television and how much that inspired me, so it's great as a way of showing kids there is a career in women's football."
Lawrence's comments were echoed by Gemma Evans. "This is huge for women's football, for the young players and older players. Sometimes you don't realise just how good some of these top players are until you play against them. These are the players we want to strive to be, so to see them playing here in Wales is a great opportunity for everyone."
There was still much more to follow as Karen Espelund (UEFA Chair of Women's Football Committee) to presented one lucky young member of the choir with the first ticket sold for the UWCL final that takes place at Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday, 1st June. There was a hive of press and media interest in Tuesday's event which only shows that bringing the final to such a cosmopolitan and cultural city of Cardiff later this year is already an inspired choice.
"Staging major football finals is one of the objectives contained within the FAW's Strategic Plan - we believe that hosting both the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final and 2017 UEFA Women's Champions League Final will have a positive and long-lasting effect on Welsh football," explained FAW CEO Jonathan Ford. "The UEFA Women's Champions League Final represents the highest standards in Women's football, and I'd urge everyone to come to Cardiff City Stadium on 1st June to witness what will undoubtedly be a fantastic match, an incredible family atmosphere, and one of the most memorable finals to date."

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