Chelsea Ladies are offering supporters a day of family fun and great football when they welcome Bristol City Women to Wheatsheaf Park next Sunday (13 March).
Emma Hayes’s Double-winning squad are putting the finishing touches to their preparation for the 2016 season, when they will be defending their FA Women’s Super League 1 and FA Women’s Cup trophies and competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the second straight season.
Before the competitive action begins, the Blues take on Bristol City in Staines-upon-Thames and those arriving from midday for the 2pm kick-off will be treated to fun and games in the stadium.
Join us at Wheatsheaf Park for photo opportunities with the FA Women’s Cup and WSL1 trophy; interactive kids’ games; entertainers; a chance to meet our mascots, Stamford and Bridget; and a post-match signing session with the players.
There is free admission for Chelsea Ladies season ticket holders on production of their season card for this fixture. Adult tickets cost £2 and kids get in for £1.
Ahead of what promises to be a fantastic day for supporters, we caught up with Ladies manager Emma Hayes to talk about her side’s return to Wheatsheaf Park. ‘Everyone at the club is really excited to be back with our own fans, at our own ground, as champions,’ she said. ‘All of our pre-season games have been behind closed doors so we’re itching to get back in front of our own supporters to reconnect with them again. ‘We had a 164 per cent fan increase last year and we have a loyal following that was so pivotal in our success last season – they became a driving force at Staines. We’re excited to see them again and we really can’t wait for it. ‘The players love to interact with the fans and it’s such an intimate setting at Staines so we are able to do that.
‘Your support will play a significant part in what we hope will be another successful season. The game itself will be a good test for us in our final run-out before we play our first competitive fixture at Doncaster Rovers Belles in the FA Women’s Cup, who we also face in our WSL opener.’ Please note: Chelsea FC season tickets are no longer valid for free entry to Chelsea Ladies home matches. Supporters should buy tickets in advance or pay on the gate.
Keith Tunnicliffe [From CFC Ladies]