Five NUWFC Squad members joined Lord Sebastian Coe at The Sports Direct Arena (St James Park) to mark tickets going on sale for the 2012 Olympic football
Amy Perch, Steph Shaw, Alice Teasdale, Megan Pyper and Courtney Lock together with First Team Manager Michael Havelock, First Team Coach Warren Teasdale and NUWFC Chairman Phil Eadon joined Lord Coe to hear more about the 2012 Olympics and how a famous North East venue will take part in this major event.
Lord Coe confirmed during his press conference that due to Olympics sponsorship rules London 2012 will to refer to St James’ Park rather than the new title of the Sports Direct Arena, and similarly Coventry’s ground will not be called the Ricoh Arena. But the name change will be for one week only in July 2012 for the Olympic Football which will include men and women’s game.
Following a photo call the players then spent time talking to the local press and media before taking time out to enjoy their perfect surroundings. The Sports Direct Arena or St James Parks as it will be know for the 2012 Olympics, is worlds away from the grounds that the Women’s team play at every week and although women’s football is growing week on week playing in a stadium like this one is only a dream for these players. A number of the players have walked out on the hallowed turf at SJP last season when they were presented to the crowd following their FA Umbro Fives Women’s Champion 2010 Wembley success.
The GB men’s Olympic tournament is for players aged under-23, though each squad is permitted three over-age players. The GB Men’s team, who are coached by England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce, kick off at Old Trafford on 26 July 2012, before moving on to Wembley Stadium on 29 July and then the Millennium Stadium on 1 August.
The GB women’s team, which is being coached by Hope Powell and is for players of any age, kicks off their tournament on Wednesday July 25 at the Millennium Stadium, and their second match on Saturday 28 July is also at in Cardiff. Their final group game will be on Tuesday 31 July at Wembley Stadium.
Taking place in venues across the UK, Tickets for the Olympic Football Tournament are on sale from 29th November 2011 and 6th February 2012. Prices start at £20 for a ticket although there are reductions for the young and those over 60. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are available from http://www.tickets.london2012.com/
NUWFC Players……. Amy Perch Sponsored by Ben Hoare Bell LLP, Steph Shaw Sponsored by R & E Shaw and Eximius Limited, Megan Pyper Sponsored by Walbottle Campus, Alice Teasdale Sponsored by Walbottle Campus, Courtney Lock Sponsored by Daniel Hinds and Forest Hall FC.