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England Women to visit Kensington Palace before flying to Euros

Monday 03 Jul 2017
England Euro 2017 campaign gets under way on Wednesday 19 July

The Duke of Cambridge, President of The Football Association, will host the England Women’s team at Kensington Palace on Thursday 13 July.

The Duke has invited the squad for a good luck reception at the Palace, before they fly to the Netherlands for Euro 2017.

He will then join the Lionesses for a kick-about with a local girls team from the SSE Wildcats football programme at the sports and social club at Kensington Palace, where the girls will get the chance to play with their England idols.

This year, FA Girls’ Football Week will run between 16 July and 6 August to coincide with England’s involvement in the Euros. It will be an opportunity to support the Lionesses’ finals campaign and get even more girls playing football this summer.

England will travel to the Netherlands on 13 July, where they kick-off their Group D campaign against Scotland in Utrecht on 19 July, before facing Spain in Breda on 23 July and Portugal in Tilburg four days later.

Mark Sampson’s squad warmed up for the tournament with a 2-1 win against Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday 1 July, their third successive victory against fellow finalists after earlier defeats of Austria and Switzerland.

FA Girls’ Football Week is a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of female football and supporting The FA's aim of doubling the number of women and girls playing football by 2020. Over 130,000 girls took part in sessions delivered in schools, universities, colleges, clubs, community groups and other organisations across the country in 2016.

The FA launched the SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs in 2017, to inspire girls aged between 5-11 to get involved in the sport.

It provides girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls.

Two hundred clubs have been established across England throughout the spring and summer. The sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends, subject to the local organiser.

They provide a safe environment where girls with no football experience can have fun engaging with sport, develop fundamental skills, try a variety of sessions, learn new things and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.

By FA Staff