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Alipay to donate stadium to women's soccer

By Pei Pei and Li Yingqing | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-04-19 22:38

The first stadium for China national women's soccer team will be built at a rural elementary school in Yunnan province, according to the team.

The stadium will be supported by the Alipay charity foundation. In 2019, Alipay announced the Wind-Chasing Program, a support project for women's soccer on campuses in rural areas, through funding, equipment and coaching to help young women get more opportuni-ties through playing the game.

Girls at Zhuifeng Elementary School regard the wom-en's national soccer team players as role models. Even playing soccer on concrete every day, it does not affect their love for the team and the game, which is what mo-tivated the donors to build the stadium.

Known as the Steel Roses, China's national women's team has showed its never-give-up fighting spirit through outstanding achievements.

In the Olympic qualification playoffs last week, the Steel Roses beat South Korea to reach the Tokyo Olym-pics. With the name "Rose Dream Stadium", sponsors and fans hope the spirit of the Steel Roses will inspire more girls to use the stadium to pursue their dreams.

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