GAME TIME: Forest Ladies vs Reggae Girlz
JAMAICA’S Reggae Girlz will play Nottingham Forest Ladies in a special fixture to celebrate the Windrush Generation on Sunday, October 28.
As part of Nottingham Forest’s Diversity and Community Inclusion Agenda, the owners and board have agreed with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to host a match the two sides at Forest’s City Ground.
The event is actively being supported by Jamaica National, (JN) one of Jamaica’s leading financial institutions, The Voice newspaper and The Gleaner Group and several other Jamaican and international companies.
The match will kick-off at 3pm and will be the first time the senior Reggae Girlz have travelled to Europe.
The game will be a celebration of the Windrush generation and of Caribbean family culture. A Caribbean family fest will be provided including food supplied by local companies, performances by reggae superstar Freddie McGregor.
Under the Patronage of His Excellency George Ramocan, Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, the match will celebrate the arrival of several hundred Jamaican and Caribbean immigrants to Great Britain, who arrived on the Empire Windrush 70 years ago.
The Reggae Girlz are stepping into the shoes of the Reggae Boyz: they have won all matches of round one of the Women’s World Cup qualifiers and will participate in the final round of qualifiers in the USA between October 5 and 17, where they will meet Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba in Group B.
A spokesperson for Nottingham Forest told The Voice: “The owners and the board of Nottingham Forest FC recognise they are a part of a vibrant, dynamic and diverse community and are delighted to be staging an event that will celebrate the thousands of Jamaican and Caribbean families who live in Nottingham and the wider East Midlands region.”
The event is actively being supported by Jamaica National, (JN) one of Jamaica’s leading financial institutions, The VOICE newspaper and The Gleaner Group and several other Jamaican and international companies.
Forest chairman, Nicholas Randall, QC, said: “We are delighted that the plans for this celebratory match have received so much support and interest from many quarters. “Our primary objective is to raise the profile of Nottingham Forest Ladies and to acknowledge and support the contribution of the Jamaican community in Nottingham.
“We wish to do this in a way which involves our fans and supporters and which is inclusive and reflects the spirit of our club.
JFF president, Michael Ricketts, said: “We offer our respect, good support and thanks to Mr. Marinakis (Forest club owner) and the board of for putting on this celebratory match where our Reggae Girlz will feature for the first time ever in Europe.”
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