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The Football Association and Derby County Football Club are proud to announce that Pride Park Stadium will be the venue for the FA Women's Cup sponsored by E.ON 2009 Final.
It is hoped that the match, taking place Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 2009, will attract the best ever attendance for a women's game in England, beating the 24,582 at last year's FA Women's Cup Final in Nottingham and the international crowd of 29,092 for England's victory against Finland at the City of Manchester Stadium in 2005.
Tom Glick, president and chief executive at DCFC said: "Derby County Football Club is delighted to host this showpiece fixture on behalf of the FA and we fully expect to maintain our outstanding record of delivering capacity crowds for FA fixtures at this stadium. We believe this will prove a catalyst to further development of the women's and girls game in the East Midlands."
The 2009 Final will be the third played under the sponsorship of E.ON and forms one part of a wider partnership the energy company has with The FA. E.ON also sponsor The FA Cup, The FA Youth Cup and The FA Schools Programme.
"This season we're bringing families and football together" said Phil Boas, Head of Sponsorship at E.ON. "Our Family Football campaign provides us with an important opportunity to play a part in people's lives that goes beyond simply supplying power to homes and businesses. We're looking forward to working with Derby County to make the FA Women's Cup Final weekend a real family occasion."
Ray Kiddell, Chairman of the FA Women's Committee, said "We are very pleased that next year's Final will be held at Derby County Football Club. Pride Park is a great stadium with first class facilities and we hope fans, families and teams from across the region, and across the country as a whole, will help us set a new record Cup Final attendance next May."
To help secure a crowd in excess of 30,000 at the home of Derby County Football Club, a four day festival of women's and girls' football is planned for the City between May 1st and May 4th 2009.
Presented by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) who generously supported the last two record-breaking Finals in Nottingham, the Festival of Football will include:
* A showcase of talent from local girls clubs in Derby Market Place
* A women's and girl's interactive football exhibition with coaching sessions at Pride Park
* A girls tournament featuring Centres of Excellence from across the Midlands & South Yorkshire
The support of the East Midlands Development Agency for a third year is crucial to the continuity of the event, which has been well received by the East Midlands public since moving to Nottingham in 2007. A record attendance was set that year when Arsenal beat Charlton Athletic. That figure was beaten again last year when Arsenal triumphed again, this time at the expense of Leeds United.
Tricia Pedlar, East Midlands Development Agency (emda) Board Member said, "emda is thrilled that Derby County FC will host this season's FA Women's Cup Final. It is great that another city in the East Midlands has the opportunity to host this prestigious event. The event showcases women's sport at its very best and builds on our ambition to use high profile events to encourage more women and girls to play sport."
Tickets go on sale for the Final on Friday 19th December costing £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A group discount (minimum 15 people with 1 adult per 10 children) is available at the cost of £3 for adults and £2 for children.
Tickets can be bought from the Derby County FC ticket hotline on (0871) 472 1884 or online at: www.shopdcfc.co.uk/tickets/index.aspx.
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