Albion women's midfielder will walk out with the match ball tonight.
Brighton & Hove Albion Women midfielder Kirsty Barton will walk out with the match ball at the first home league match of the season for tonight’s match against Nottingham Forest.
It is part of the #EFLStories campaign, which aims to tell the stories of all the people who help make the league a great football experience for everyone.
Barton is one of the women’s team’s longest-serving players and was part of the side that secured promotion to the Women’s Super League [WSL2] for the first time.
She has become a prominent figure within the club and features alongside club captain Bruno in a striking image displayed on the front of the shop.
The 24-year-old will represent Albion as one of 72 people to have the privilege of delivering the match ball onto the pitch before the first home game of the season.
She said, “It’s such a great honour for me to be chosen to take the ball out at the Amex.
“This further demonstrates how well integrated the women’s team are at the club, and the support for us as players is phenomenal.
“I hope that both us and the men’s team are competing at the very top level in the near future.”
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All the #EFLStories can be viewed at www.eflstories.com and EFL fans at home and abroad are being invited to submit the reasons why they love the game to the site.
With the campaign continuing throughout the 2016/17 season, the EFL will be sharing a variety of the stories, photos and videos across social media.
Drew Barrand, EFL Marketing Director said: “Everyone who attends an EFL game or works behind the scenes at one of our 72 clubs has a story to tell about what football means to them.
“Following this season’s rebrand to the EFL, the #EFLStories campaign has been created to demonstrate the breadth and depth of what the EFL offers. Be it high drama, great games, communities uniting or innovating the game, the EFL really does offer something for everybody as this collection of captivating stories show.”
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