UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 is a huge opportunity for women and girls in Sheffield to engage in a healthy lifestyle through football.
More than that, we all know that physical activity has significant mental health benefits too.
David Bly, sports programme and engagement manager at Sheffield City Trust, said: “We aspire to assist in connecting the city of sport together through embracing the fantastic opportunity hosting the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 presents.”
Sarah Wood, football development manager at Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, added: “We want to inspire women and girls to get involved in the beautiful game, whether this is playing at a grassroots club, coaching a team or refereeing a game.
“We’ll do this by working with our partners and grassroots volunteers to create fun, safe, accessible and inclusive environments for females.”
Here’s what we aim to achieve within two years of the end of the tournament:
- Engage with over 90 per cent of primary and secondary schools to offer girls-only football opportunities.
- Double the number of recreational opportunities through the Weetabix Wildcats programme and Premier League Kicks.
- Launch a range of female-only competitions across all age groups.
All leading to:
- One hundred and forty primary schools engaged in the Girls’ Football School Partnership programme by 2024.
- Fifty per cent more girls aged 5-16 years old having a recreational opportunity within five miles of their homes.
- Doubling the number of female coaches and referees by 2024 (from 76 to 152).