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U`s Proud Hosts For Women`s Football

The U`s Community Stadium was proud host to a second England international inside a year last night and now earmarked by the F.A. as a regular future venue for ganes.

England Ladies lost 0-2 last night following on from November`s narrow 1-0 win for the England Under-19 team.

Colchester chairman, Robbie Cowling, last night said the club was delighted to hold such prestigious events.

"It`s the second one. Obviously we had the Under England Under 19`s - England V Germany, you don`t get games any bigger than that. It`s a Community Stadium and it`s great to have a lot of people come and see what we can offer. The pitch and stadium look fantastic at the moment," he told Dream 100 FM.

This morning, Chief Executive, Steve Bradshaw, confirmed in the local Evening Gazette that both Colchester`s good quality ground and enthusiasm impressed the Football Association and that the ground could become a regular national stage.

Morag Taylor, an F.A. spokeswoman, also told the Dream 100 FM station yesterday: "For women`s games, we chose a club who actually want to host the game and who help develop grassroots football on the women`s side.

"Colchester United ladies sit in our Sothern Davison, have got a very strong centre of excellence as very much a supporter of the women`s game already."

"Essex is a hotbed of women`s football."

The F.A. have overseen development of the women`s game since 1993 and are hopeful of operating a Summer Super League by next summer.

Hope Powell`s England side, despite the loss last night, go to the women`s European Championship in Finland next month hoping to reach at least the quarter finals.

"I know that the Essex County F.A. do a hell of a lot of work to get more girls playing football," Taylor added. "Just walking out of the tunnel this evening the pitch is emasculate, the stadium looks great.

"All of those things culminate in where we think we are going to get a good crowd and where we think people are going to come and watch."

The F.A. have just awarded central contracts to around 20 of England`s women players, part of the drive by them to given the county`s most popular female sport into a higher professional standard.

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