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Cardiff Prepares to host the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final

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Tickets have gone on sale today for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, which will be played at Cardiff City Stadium, on 1 June, KO 7.45pm, two days before the men’s Final at the National Stadium of Wales.

The UEFA Women’s Champions League Final is recognised as the pinnacle of women’s club football and is broadcast live across the world.

The ticket launch took place on 21st February, to coincided with the ‘100 Days to go’ to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final. To mark this milestone, 100 members of Cor Glanaethwy, the North Wales choir who came third in Britain’s Got Talent, performed a flash mob on unsuspecting visitors to Cardiff’s Central Library today. Two young girl soloists started to sing ‘The Prayer’ and were gradually joined by other members of the choir, scattered amongst the various areas and levels of the Library, until they formed a crescendo of voice around the balconies of the contemporary building. Cardiff Library’s iconic open plan design provided amazing acoustics for the performance.

Jayne Ludlow, 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final Ambassador, Wales Women’s National Team Manager, former UEFA Women’s Cup winner, said;

“It’s an honour to be an ambassador for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, and to be here to witness such a stirring celebration of Women’s Football with just 100 days to go until the Final in Cardiff. I was lucky enough to be in Cardiff Central Library today to watch Cor Glanaethwy and see the reactions of the general public when they performed. 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 Finals.

“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.

“It is fantastic that Wales will be staging the pinnacle event for European women’s club football. 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.”

Speaking of the building excitement for the Final in Wales, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Ken Skates, said:

“With 100 days to go to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, the countdown really has begun. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming the very best of European Women’s club football to Wales in June.

“The event will no doubt raise the profile of Wales within the game, and it will hopefully inspire and attract more female players to take up the sport. Some of the top players in the world will playing and I know that Cardiff is going to be a fantastic venue for the final.”

Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales said:

“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.

“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.”

Tickets are on sale now. For details visit  www.uwclf2017.co.uk

Ticket Prices: Children (16 and under) and concessions £3. Adults £6.

Group Tickets: A 25% discount applies to the cost of tickets on all bookings of 10 tickets or more.  For further details visit www.uwclf2017.co.uk

 

 

History of UEFA Women’s Champions League Final

Competition started in 2001/2 season and was initially known as UEFA Women’s Cup

Rebranded as UEFA Women’s Champions League in 2009/10 season

The current holders are Olympic Lyonnaise who defeated VFL Wolfsburg after extra time and penalties in Reggio Emilia on Thurs 26th May, 2016

FFC Frankfurt have won the competition 4 times

The current Welsh Women’s National Team Manager, Jayne Ludlow, was part of the Arsenal team that won the competition in 2007.

Jayne Ludlow

Jayne Ludlow captained the Arsenal team that won the competition in 2006-07.

Played for Barry Town Ladies, Millwall Lionesses, Southampton Saints, Arsenal Ladies and New York Magic (loan)

Remains Arsenal LFC’s record goal scorer

FA Players’ Player of the Year Award x 3: 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04.

61 Wales caps / 19 Wales goals

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