Wales' Natasha Harding leads her side in celebration after beating Russia 3-0 during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Qualifying Round Group 1 match between Wales and Russia at Newport Stadium. Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Wales Women’s Football Handed Huge Boost With Record-Breaking Sponsorship Deal With Boots

Wales Women’s football has agreed a landmark three-year deal with Boots – the biggest commercial agreement in women’s sport in Wales.

The partnership will take-in the upcoming 2019 Women’s World Cup in France and the 2021 Women’s European Championships in England.

It will focus on telling the stories of some of the inspirational role models represented in women’s football to inspire active participation from young girls and women across the country.

Boots will also partner with the women’s national teams from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – the first time any brand has sponsored all five Women’s National Teams.

FA Wales Chief Executive Jonathan Ford said: “Boots want to inspire women to be their best self and we at the FAW want to inspire women to be their best self in football and achieve their potential on and off the field, whether that’s as an elite player, someone who plays for fun, a coach, referee or even wider in the game.

“We want to partner with brands who can support us in raising awareness around the women’s game in Wales, to challenge perceptions and come on the journey with us to reach our ambitious target of 20k girls playing in Wales by 2024.

Wales’ Natasha Harding poses for a selfie photograph with young supporters after a training session at Rodney Parade ahead of the final FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Qualifying Round match against England. Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It’s the biggest sponsorship deal to date for women’s sport in Wales – we hope that a successful partnership with Boots will highlight the benefits to brands considering sponsoring women’s sport in Wales, and we can move forward to secure further investment into the women’s game.

“Boots are paving the way for commercial brands to get behind Women’s Sport in Wales.”

Helen Normoyle, Marketing Director at Boots UK said: “It’s so exciting to see how women’s football has evolved and really taken off over the last few years, especially as a retailer who is proud to champion women’s right to live well, feel better and look great.

“Boots has always had a strong heritage of supporting women and in fact we even founded our very own women’s sports team as early as 1894. 43% of women believe there aren’t many female sporting role models, but we know that this simply isn’t true.

“Via our partnership we are excited to give these inspirational women to tell their stories to help encourage other women to experience the transformative confidence sport can bring.”

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