SSE Announced As Women’s FA Cup Sponsor
Mon 8th Jun 2015 | Football Sponsorship
The Football Association and energy firm SSE today announced a new four year title sponsorship deal for the largest cup competition in women’s football, the Women’s FA Cup.
The seven-figure deal includes a commitment to invest in the women’s game with significant funding ring-fenced to create a country-wide programme of girls-only football activity.
It also represents a landmark moment in the history of women's football with the first ever major sponsorship of the Women’s FA Cup competition. It signals the growth and stature of the women’s game.
Chelsea Ladies and Notts County Ladies will go head to head for the coveted trophy on Saturday 1 August, which will now be known as The SSE Women’s FA Cup.
The final takes place at Wembley Stadium connected by EE for first time. It will serve as a curtain raiser to the 2015/16 season and kick off a weekend of back-to-back showpiece games with the FA Community Shield taking place the following day.
Fittingly, on the eve of England’s World Cup campaign in Canada, over 100 girls descended on Wembley Stadium connected by EE to mark the launch of the exciting partnership with SSE.
Commenting on the new deal, Heather Rabbatts, FA Board member & Chair of the Inclusion Advisory Board said: “The FA is committed to ensuring that women’s football gets the status and investment it deserves – the buzz of anticipation around the FIFA Women’s World Cup is testimony to the appeal of the game.
“Similarly at grassroots, we as an organisation are committed to ensuring that there are access points for girls and women to enjoy the game across all levels and abilities.
“This agreement with SSE meets both these ambitions and gives us the opportunity to build on all that we have already achieved. Dreaming of playing at Wembley in The SSE Women’s Cup Final can now be a reality for girls too. ”
Alan Young, SSE Managing Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “We’re entering this partnership with one simple ambition - to make a difference to the future of women’s football and sport.
“SSE’s investment will help drive the women’s game forward and together with The FA we will help continue to grow the sport, giving thousands more girls regular access to the beautiful game.”
Georgia Stanway, SSE Next Generation star and England U17 international said: “This partnership with SSE and The FA will allow many more young girls to experience football in a supportive environment with girls of a similar age.
“Through the Next Generation programme, SSE has already been a great support to me in my career and I’m delighted it will now be helping many more young girls develop a love and passion for the game.”
Tickets for the 2015 SSE Women’s FA Cup Final on are available at http://ticketing.thefa.com/ or by calling 0844 826 2010.
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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