The England C Team will take on the Nepal National Team this summer in a friendly fixture
at the EBB Stadium which will mark the end of a week-long ‘festival of football’ aiming to celebrate diversity.
The fixture will take place on Monday 25 May 2020 at The EBB Stadium – home of
Aldershot Town and within an area that is home to nearly 10,000 Nepalese people. The
matchday will also include stalls hosted by various organisations, including the Hampshire
FA, Army FA, Sahara UK and the UK Nepal Friendship Society, who will provide guidance to
those attending on how to get involved in the game across various levels.
After consulting over 500 people from Asian communities across the country, in 2019 The
FA launched the second phase of its Bringing Opportunities to Communities plan, which runs
until 2021 and aims to raise awareness of pathways into football for Asian communities and
to embed Asian inclusion across grassroots football.
Laurence Jones, The FA’s Head of National League Game System, said: “This is a wonderful
opportunity for both national associations to show that football truly is for all. Asian
inclusion and celebrating diversity more widely are a key focus for The FA and, having
recently met with the President and Senior Officials of the All Nepal Football Association
(ANFA), and the Nepali Minister for Youth and Sport, we share their excitement for this
event. We’re looking forward to sharing this experience with the local community in
All Nepal Football Association President Karma Tsering Sherpa added: “We are pleased to
share this partnership with The FA in order to develop our ties for the promotion and
development of football. For us, it’s a good opportunity.”
Aldershot Town Chairman Shahid Azeem also said: “We are really pleased and honoured to host the official match between England C and Nepal at The EBB Stadium. This match is a reward for all the hard work and commitment the football club, the town, Sahara UK and Rushmoor Borough council have shown along with the local community. We hope that this match will show the Nepalese community that the club is inclusive to all and hopefully we’ll see more of the Nepali community watching Aldershot Town in the future.”
Match tickets are on sale now at the price of £10 for adults and £5 for kids under 16 and
those aged over 65. Further information on additional activities will be announced in due
course. For more information and to buy tickets click HERE