Hosting the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 championship will provide an opportunity to promote women’s football in Sheffield.
UEFA announced on Monday that England will be awarded the event, with Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane being one of the selected venues.
Sheffield City Council’s press office has said that when there is more information on fixtures available, a plan of activities will be developed to further promote women’s involvement in the sport.
There may be more friendly games, and community events organised in the lead up to the championship.
An event like this being hosted here will also allow for a legacy to be created around women’s football within the city, raising the sport’s profile further.
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said in a press release: “The competition will be especially exciting for women and girls who are interested in sport and for everyone who’s a football fan but more importantly will inspire a whole new generation of female footballers.”
Bramall Lane has capacity for up to 30,000 spectators, and depending on the qualifying teams, Sheffield is hoping to attract fans from around the country.
The continental championship will involve teams from sixteen countries and will be played at eight venues across England.
Rotherham’s AESSEAL New York Stadium will be one of them, reflecting the growth of women’s involvement in the sport in the region.