After attending United for Wildlife meetings in Switzerland earlier next week, The Duke of Cambridge will lend his support to the Lionesses before they head to Canada to compete in the World Cup.
On Wednesday 20th May, The Duke of Cambridge will meet England’s Women team at the FA’s National Football Centre at St George’s Park. The team is preparing for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada.
Prince William took over as President of the Football Association in 2006. His uncle, Prince Andrew served in the position from 2000-2006. William’s grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh served time as President as well from 1955-1957.
The Duke will meet Head Coach Mark Sampson and the team in the dressing room, take in a training session and then join the women on the pitch for a team photo.
During his visit, William will meet with Fara Williams, England Women’s senior player and Patron of Homeless Fara Williams and Head of Homeless FA Gareth Parker.
William will have a chance to watch Homeless FA ‘Team England’ staff participate in a training session that is based on the Homeless FAs’ new coaching manual.
The Homeless FA is part of Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity that Prince William is Patron. The FA supports the Homeless FA, affording financial assistance and access to St. George’s Park.
The team is training at St George’s Park in preparation for the World Cup. The Lionesses head to Canada on 25th May. They will face Canada is a friendly on 27th May in Hamilton before battling rival France on 9th June. The team will then see action against Mexico on 13th June and Colombia on 17th June.
After a perfect qualifying campaign, in which they won all ten matches, scored 52 goals and allowed only one goal, England qualified for the World Cup. It is the team’s fourth appearance as the look forward to exceeding their best finish that was the quarter-finals.
Women’s football is one of the UK’s most participated in sports. Participation has grown in recent years with over 2.03 million playing football at some level throughout the country.
Fans can show support for the England Team on Twitter by following @England and using the hashtag, #Lionesses.
Photo Credit: UK in Japan via Flickr