As part of Nottingham Forest's Diversity and Community Inclusion Agenda, the owners and board have agreed with the Jamaica Football Federation to host a match between Nottingham Forest Ladies and the Senior Reggae Girlz.
The match will take place at The City Ground on Sunday 28th October (kick-off 3pm) and this 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 Jamaican food supplied by local companies, performances by Nottingham's Reggae artists as well as special events for visiting guests from Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and the UK. This will add an extra dimension to the event and will be a celebration of Caribbean Family Culture.
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.
Jamaica's Senior 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.
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.
The high level of official Jamaican visitors will include the leadership of the Jamaican Football Federation, Senior CONCACAF executives and Cabinet Minister Hon. Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, CD, MP, Jamaican Minister for Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. The Caribbean Representatives will be headed by HE High Commissioner George Ramocan.
"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", said Forest Chairman Nicholas Randall, QC.
"We offer our respect, good support and thanks to Mr. Marinakis and the Board of Nottingham Forest Football Club for putting on this Celebratory Match where our Reggae Girlz will feature for the first time ever in Europe. I am certain that many new relationships will be formed and I look forward to our future cooperation with Nottingham Forest FC, whose men have won the European Championship twice in a row exactly 40 years ago", said JFF President Michael Ricketts. "The fact that they have chosen to invite our Senior Women's Team to play the Nottingham Forest Ladies is a further sign of how women's football is rapidly coming of age", he continued.
David Shelton, Nottingham Forest Ladies Chairperson said:
"It's an incredible honour to be involved in such a pioneering event in honour of the Windrush generation. We are very grateful to Mr Marinakis, Nottingham Forest and everyone involved in putting our players and our club at the heart of such an historic and symbolic occasion. For our players to walk out of the City Ground tunnel rubbing shoulders with international players and then playing against them is something which they, and all involved with Forest Ladies, will remember forever. We hope that our local community will come together to see the match and create the kind of fun, carnival celebration we associate with Caribbean sport".
The match will be open to all fans and friends of Nottingham Forest and special announcements on the pricing of the tickets and details of the Caribbean Fan Fest and its connected attractions will follow in the coming weeks.