UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 is a huge opportunity for women and girls across Wigan & Leigh to engage in a healthy lifestyle through football.
More than that, we all know that physical activity has significant mental health benefits too.
David Molyneux, leader Wigan Council, said: “UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will be a showpiece event for creating a long-lasting legacy that gets young girls becoming active, inspired by some of the world’s best female athletes.
“Over the last few years it has been fantastic to play a part in Manchester United Women’s success by hosting home games at Leigh Sports Village, and hosting matches in UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament will only add to the momentum of the women’s game.
“These high-profile games give us the opportunity to inspire and empower women and girls. We want to ensure that new teams and facilities are created and lots more girls are encouraged to take part.”
Here’s what we aim to achieve within two years of the end of the tournament:
- Increase the number of schools delivering girls’ football within – and beyond – the curriculum through Girls’ Football School Partnerships.
- Launch clear and accessible opportunities and programmes for women and girls to play recreational football where and how they wish.
- Transform the number of coaches and referees supporting women’s and girls’ football across the borough.
All leading to:
- 11,500 more women and girls regularly playing football in schools and clubs by 2024.
- Forty FA-qualified female referees and 40 female coaches by 2024.
- Increase in numbers of Weetabix Wildcats providers from four to 15 by 2024.