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CARDIFF City Ladies captain Natasha Harding is in the Great Britain Great Britain, officially United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, constitutional monarchy (2005 est. pop. 60,441,000), 94,226 sq mi (244,044 sq km), on the British Isles, off W Europe. The country is often referred to simply as Britain.  team for the World University Games being held in China next month.

The squad fly out from Heathrow next Wednesday and face Canada, Chinese Taipei and hosts China.

"Our group match against China is being played at a 60,000-seater stadium and is already sold out," said Harding.

"That's going to be a fantastic experience.

"It will be a challenge, but we go in with confidence."

Britain have had a training camp in Warwick and a pre-tournament match against Coventry City Ladies. The result was 2-2 and Harding scored one of the goals for Britain.

Harding, 22, is the only Welsh player in the British Universities squad.

Cardiff City earned promotion to the FA Women's Premier League The FA Women's Premier League is the major women's football competition in England. It has been run by The Football Association since the 1992-93 season. 36 teams compete in the three divisions of the Women's Premier League.  last season, going up as runners-up to Charlton Athletic.

They join clubs like Sunderland, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Reading at the higher level.

When Harding returns from China, she will join up with the Wales squad for a match in Northern Ireland.

Then comes Cardiff City's Premier League challenge and captain Harding, who has been with the club for five years, says: "It's going to be a big season and we will improve as a squad.

"It's was an honour to captain Cardiff City when they won promotion and we are all looking forward to playing at Premier level."

Great Britain Universities squad: Natalie Haigh (Leeds Metropolitan University Coordinates:

Leeds Metropolitan University is a university with campuses in Leeds and Harrogate, Yorkshire, England.
), Hayley Sharp (Leeds Metropolitan University), Rachel Lee )Leeds Metropolitan University), Jessica Trimnell (University of Bedford), Sarah Danby (Leeds Metropolitan University), Polly Wardle (University of Bath), Faye Marsh (University of Hertfordshire The University of Hertfordshire is a modern university based largely in Hatfield, in the county of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, from which the university takes its name. It has more than 23,000 students. ), Victoria Greenwell (Northumbria University), Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Loughborough College), Natasha Harding (Uwic), Kim Thomson (University of Stirling The University of Stirling (Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Sruighlea) is a campus university, founded in 1967, in Stirling, Scotland. It is a national centre for teaching and research, with an international reputation. ), Rhiannon Roberts (Edge Hill University), Sarah McFadden (Northumbria University), Linda Chilton (University of Reading), Elizabeth Edwards (Brighton), Eartha Pond (Edge Hill), Rachel Furness (Northumbria University), Joanna Hutcheson (Stirling University), Khym Ramsay (Stirling university), Kayleigh Sage (University of Bath).

Team coach: Gemma Grainger. Assistant coach: Marc Canham.

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* Cardiff Ladies captian Natasha Harding, right, has been selected in the Great Britain squad which will compete at the World University Games in China next month
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 27, 2011
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