Women’s International Football comes to Aberdeen

The draw for the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament took place at Wembley Stadium on April 24th, with Brazilian legend Ronaldo one of several figures from world football who conducted the draw.

Aberdeen Sports Village and RGU: SPORT watched with interest as they prepare to host the Cameroon Women’s Olympic Football Team’s pre-games training camp and are delighted to announce that the Scottish Women’s National Team will travel to Aberdeen to take part in an International Challenge Match against the Olympic hopefuls this summer. 

The fixture will take place at Aberdeen Sports Village’s Chris Anderson Stadium on Sunday 15 July and will be the conclusion to Cameroon’s two-week training camp in the city.

This is the first time the Scottish Women’s Team, currently ranked 21st in the world, have played in Aberdeen and will provide vital preparation for Cameroon as they prepare for their opening Olympic fixture against Brazil on 25th July at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.  Three days later, at the same venue, they will play Hope Powell’s Team GB in what is likely to be a decisive match in the qualification stages, before completing their group campaign against New Zealand at the City of Coventry Stadium where they hope to progress to the quarter finals.

Scotland will look forward to testing themselves against their African counterparts and there is likely to be a strong North East contingent in the Scottish squad with local girls Rachael Small, Rachel Corsie and Kim Little regular performers with the national team in their recent World Cup campaign and current Euro 2013 qualification matches. 

Tickets for the match will go on sale soon at Aberdeen Sports Village, with a large local crowd expected to turn out to support the national team and catch a preview of the Cameroon Olympic team.  Aberdeen Sports Village Events Manager, Fiona Cardwell commented, ‘We are already looking forward to the arrival of Cameroon and are delighted to welcome the Scotland National Team to the city for what we are sure will be fantastic occasion.  We are extremely proud to host this unique match and I’m sure that the local community will come out in numbers to support their national team and bid farewell to our guests from Cameroon who will travel to London the following day.’

The match is the culmination of the Cameroon’s pre Olympic training camp which will see up to 60 athletes and officials hosted at Aberdeen Sports Village and RGU: SPORT for two weeks, prior to departing for the Olympic Village.   As well as the women’s football team, competitors in judo, weightlifting, table tennis, wrestling, rowing and athletics will make up the Cameroon team, with others expected to qualify soon. 

Aberdeen Sports Village Chief Executive David Beattie added “As more athletes are added to the list the excitement of hosting Cameroon grows and it is testament to the excellent facilities at the Sports Village and RGU: SPORT than we can host such a diverse team of Olympians.   We believe this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Aberdeen community to give a warm north-east welcome to the Cameroon team and to establish Aberdeen as an up and coming centre of excellence for sport”   

Notes to Editor:  Aberdeen is the host of Cameroon’s  pre Olympic Games training camp this summer in a joint venture between Aberdeen Sports Village (which is a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland), RGU: SPORT and Aberdeen City Council .  Up to 60 athletes, across 11 sports, will come to the City from 2nd-16th July.

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