Jayne Ludlow, Current Wales National Team Manager and Captain of the Arsenal side that made UWCL Final history in 2007 by becoming the first club outside Germany and Scandinavia to compete, let alone win, the final, is the official ambassador for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final.
Joining Arsenal in 2000, Ludlow scored 28 goals from midfield in her first season, and helped Arsenal win a domestic treble and went on to win Player’s Player of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2004. In 2007 Ludlow’s Arsenal made history, winning an unprecedented quadruple, and winning the UEFA Women’s Cup.
“The year it happened, 2007, was probably our most prolific year and certainly my favourite season as a player. We’d won a domestic quadruple, and then to win the UEFA trophy was an unforgettable feeling. It was massive for the club, and a very proud moment for all the players involved.”
The final in Cardiff on 1st June 2017 will mark ten years since Jayne Ludlow lifted the UEFA Women’s Cup, and Ludlow was keen to point out how Women’s football has evolved in that time.
“This competition, and the women’s game in general, has changed massively since my trophy win in 2007. Women’s football is a growing sport and the standard is improving all the time. It will be an interesting final, and a real football spectacle when the final comes to Wales next year.”
One of the FAW’s visions for the 2017 finals is to ensure it provides a catalyst to improve women’s football in Wales and inspires increased participation in the sport.
“What a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the women’s game in Wales and beyond. It provides us with a massive opportunity to increase participation numbers and interest in Wales’ national teams and domestic leagues” Ludlow explained.
“The 2017 Final will provide all those involved in Women’s football in Wales the opportunity to see the top level of the game. For me, there’s an added bonus, our younger National Team players will be inspired seeing first-hand the pinnacle of women’s club football”.
The UEFA Women’s Champions League Final is being played at Cardiff City Stadium on 1st June, followed two day’s later by the UEFA Champions League Final at the National Stadium of Wales.
Tickets for the UWCL Final go on sale on 21st February via www.cardiff2017.wales