That’s why in 2020 Sport England committed £1 million worth of investment into legacy groups to help develop and create recreational women’s football opportunities in each of the nine host cities up and down England.
The FA hopes to see 120,000 more girls playing football in schools on the back of the tournament, and that’s one of the reasons they’re a strategic partner of Sport England in helping us tackle long-standing inequalities and the gender activity gap.
Because that’s what Uniting the Movement, our long-term strategy, is ultimately about: a collective movement of people and organisations coming together to tackle inequalities, level-up access and use sport and physical activity to help create more resilient, inclusive and connected communities.
So we’re proud that the £5.75 million investments we made into the FA between 2017 and 2022, have helped deliver the programmes for talented young athletes, including several of the women’s first team.
We’re also delighted to be announcing a brand-new partnership with the FA to help more teenagers engage with the beautiful game.
Be it young girls playing at a grassroots level, to the wider coverage of the elite domestic game, the women’s game has come on leaps and bounds.
The last time England hosted the Women’s Euros in 2005, all games were played solely in the North-West, with the showpiece final in Preston’s Deepdale played in front of just over 950 fans.
While it’s important to look forward, a reminder of where the game has come from enables us to see and celebrate the progress made.
Here’s to a great tournament and many across the nation being inspired.
We hope everyone can get behind the Lionesses throughout the summer and beyond and we’ll play our part to ensure that women and girls that want to give it a go, have an attractive opportunity on their doorstep.