UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 is a huge opportunity for women and girls across Manchester and Trafford to engage in a healthy lifestyle through football.
More than that, we all know that physical activity has significant mental health benefits too.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman OBE, Manchester City Council's executive member for skills, culture and leisure, said: “As a city which is synonymous with football and home to two of the world's most famous clubs, we are so proud to be supporting the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament.
“As well as giving fans the chance to see some of the best players in the world, EURO 2022 will inspire community participation in football, leaving a sustainable legacy of growth and development for the beautiful game across our city.”
Councillor Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, added: “We want to our children to be inspired, to be wowed by sporting stars and to realise this kind of greatness and achievement is attainable.
“Having world-class sport like the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 on our doorstep means that children and adults alike can see their heroes up close.
“It is fantastic to think of the amazing sporting events throughout history that Trafford has been a part of, so being part of such a major tournament is also a great source of pride for our borough.”
Here’s what we aim to achieve within two years of the end of the tournament:
- Grow the number of female-friendly clubs and establish a club network providing playing opportunities for women and girls of all ages and abilities.
- Welcome women and girls from underrepresented communities to football.
- Increase the female workforce and shine a light on female leaders/volunteers within the game in Manchester and Trafford.
All leading to:
- Increased number of female coaches registered and actively coaching female teams across Manchester and Trafford (from 42 to 63).
- Doubling the number of FA-qualified and registered female referees in Manchester and Trafford (from 22 to 44).
- Twenty-five per cent increase in the number of clubs in Manchester and Trafford providing affiliated female football (from 32 to 40).
- Six-hundred more women playing football through a programme of new affiliated and recreational football opportunities.