Duke To Host Good Luck Send Off For Lionesses

The Duke of Cambridge to Host a Good Luck Send Off Reception for the England Women Football Team
The Duke of Cambridge poses for a photograph with members of the England Women's Football Team following a reception at Kensington Palace, London 2015

The Duke of Cambridge to Host a Good Luck Send Off Reception
for the England Women Football Team

Kensington Palace

Thursday, 13th July 2017

The Duke of Cambridge, President of the Football Association, will host the England Women team at Kensington Palace on 13th July. The Duke has invited the squad for a good luck reception at the Palace, on their way out to the Netherlands for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament. He will then join the Lionesses for a kick-about with a local girls team from the Wildcats Girls’ Football programme at the sports and social club at Kensington Palace, where the girls will get the chance to play with their England footballing idols. This year the FA Girls’ Football Week will run between 16th July and 6th August to coincide with England’s involvement in Euro 2017. It will be an opportunity to support the Lionesses’ Euro campaign and get even more girls playing football this summer.

The England Women Senior squad will travel to the Netherlands on 13th July, where they kick-off their Group D campaign against Scotland in Utrecht on 19th July, before facing Spain in Breda on 23rd July and Portugal in Tilburg on 27th July. Mark Sampson’s squad warmed up for the tournament with a 2-1 win against Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday 1st July, their third successive victory against fellow finalists after defeats of Austria and Switzerland.

FA Girls’ Football Week is a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of female football and supporting our aim of doubling the number of women and girls playing football by 2020. Over 130,000 girls took part in sessions delivered in schools, universities, colleges, clubs, community groups and other organisations across the country in 2016.

The FA launched the SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs in 2017, to inspire girls aged between 5-11 to be involved in the sport. It provides girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. 200 clubs have been established across England throughout the spring and summer. The sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends, subject to the local organiser. They provide a safe environment where girls with no football experience can have fun engaging with sport, develop fundamental skills, try a variety of sessions, learn new things and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.

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