UEFA announce new ambassadors to further the growth of women’s football02 February 2015

LyonmidfielderCamilleAbily,OlympiqueLyonnaisforwardLottaSchelin,ParisSaint-GermainLauraGeorgesandFFCFrankfurtstrickerVerónicaBoquetehavebeennominatedUEFAambassadorstohelpinspireandeducatefutureplayersacrossEuropethroughanewdevelopmentprogramme.

The four international players will join the former German international Steffi Jones in working with UEFA to promote women’s football and its growth. The Women’s Football Development Programme, which will be unveiled today in Paris, is looking to provide a greater infrastructure for women of all ages to get involved in football across all UEFA member associations.

UEFA President Michel Platini said: “The quality of women’s football has grown exponentially over the last decade and UEFA has been fully committed to the further development of women’s competitions both at domestic and European level.

“The use of ambassadors with so much experience on the field can only benefit the next generation of female footballer.”

Chairwoman of the UEFA Women’s Football Committee Karen Espelund said: “The growth of the women’s game has meant that girls have an increasing number of top-level female players to look up to as role models and we can work with their popularity to further cultivate women’s football in Europe.

“Their vision for football allied to their knowledge and experience of turning potential as a player into tangible results can have a great knock-on effect for the development of our sport.”

The ambassadors will participate in various UEFA-sponsored development tournaments and events across its member associations to impart their knowledge and experience to young players, in order to best equip them with the tools to develop as footballers.

On the programme, the Spanish international Verónica Boquete said: “Without doubt, it will motivate future generations and that is really important,

“It’s exciting for us to know that we can make a difference to the future of women’s football.”

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