Press release

Welsh Secretary sounds battle cry as Wales take on England in winner takes all women’s World Cup qualifier

Alun Cairns to join Welsh contingent backing Ludlow’s ladies at Rodney Parade showdown and commits his support to a home nations World Cup 2030 bid.

Image of the Principality Stadium

Image of the Principality Stadium

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns will join 5,000 fans at Rodney Parade to support the Welsh women in their crucial World Cup qualification match against England.

The Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will join the record-breaking crowd at Rodney Parade on Friday to cheer on the Welsh women’s team who have enjoyed an unprecedented World Cup qualifying campaign which has seen the team maintain an undefeated run and are yet to concede a goal.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said:

The Welsh women, who are on the brink of earning their place in history, are an inspiration to girls and boys all over the country. With a record breaking crowd in attendance, and thousands watching on screens all over the country, there is no doubt that the whole of Wales is behind the team/ I wish them every success as their epic campaign continues.

The game comes as the Football Association of Wales (FAW) confirmed talks were underway on a potential home nations bid for the 2030 football World Cup. The UK Government has already confirmed that it would support such a bid, after the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales secured Home Office funding for the unsuccessful Euro 2020 bid in 2017.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said:

With Wales enjoying a wave of sporting success there is no better time to start thinking about how we as a country can attract more global sporting events to Wales. That is why I am committed to once again supporting the FAW on a potential bid for the 2030 football World Cup.

An event of this size and calibre would not only provide a boost to the Welsh economy and inspire people all over Wales to get involved in sport, but would also cement Wales’ reputation as a first-class destination for major sporting events. After just missing out on Euro 2020, I very much hope to see a bid from the home nations and will continue to work with partners in Wales to champion Welsh sport.

Published 30 August 2018