L-R: Ella Barrett, Talulla Panayi, Andrea Bell (Photo credit: The FA / Getty Images)
Draw made for the fourth round of SSE Women’s FA Cup
Two all-FA WSL 2 ties in the fourth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup
The draw for the fourth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup was made in Nottingham by two schoolgirls on Monday morning.
Farnborough Academy’s Ella Barrett, 11, and Talulla Panayi, 13, were asked to do the draw, deciding the six ties, as clubs continue on the road to Wembley.
There are two all-FA WSL 2 ties with Durham taking on 2010 winners Everton, and Sheffield entertaining six-time winners Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Meanwhile, Coventry United, who knocked out Oxford in round three, will host Aston Villa and FA WSL newcomers Brighton will travel to Tottenham Hotspur.
The fourth round ties will be played on Sunday 19 February and each winning club will receive £2,000 from The FA prize fund.
FA WSL 1 sides join the competition at the fifth-round stage.
Nottingham Forest’s Andrea Bell attended the draw and said: “It’s been a brilliant experience taking part today and it’s a fantastic opportunity to get girls involved in the game.
“In terms of our draw, Millwall will be a challenge but it’s one that we’re up for and hopefully we’ll be able to get ourselves into the next round.”
This season, every draw will take place at a school and be made by pupils as part of SSE’s new partnership with education charity Teach First.
By involving pupils in the draws and bringing female footballers to speak to young people in the classroom, the activity aims to encourage more girls to get involved with grassroots football projects and provide inspirational role models to schools in low-income communities.
John Stewart, SSE’s director of human resources, said: “We are extremely proud to sponsor the SSE Women’s FA Cup and to see the number of people attending The Final growing year on year.
“We’re working closely with The FA to give more girls the chance to play the beautiful game in what is an exciting year for women’s football.
“In addition, through our partnership with Teach First, we are raising the aspirations of girls from low-income communities, particularly in the areas of STEM science and sport, by holding the draws for the SSE Women’s FA Cup at Teach First schools around the country.
“We hope to see another record breaking crowd at The Final later this year and we’ll again be giving our customers access to special offers and the chance to win money-can’t-buy experiences at this fantastic family day out.”
Talulla Panayi added: “I really like sport so this is a fantastic opportunity for me. I had never met a female football player before today so it was good to find out about their daily routine.
“I would love to play sport when I grow up – this kind of event has inspired me and my friends.”
The Final will be played at Wembley Stadium connected by EE for the third year running.
Tickets are on sale now and thanks to The FA’s partnership with SSE, children can attend for free.
Adult tickets are priced £15 and group booking and charter standard discounts apply. Tickets can be bought via www.TheFA.com/Tickets or by calling 0844 826 2010.
Last season Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to a goal by England forward Danielle Carter, in front of a record crowd of more than 32,000 supporters.
For more information please visit www.TheFA.com/Womens or on Twitter via @WomensFACup.
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