Excitement is rising ahead of the women's European Championships this summer and a free national roadshow is heading to The Trafford Centre. The show aims to inspire more people to get involved in the biggest European women’s sport event in history.
The family and local community-focused Roadshow will travel 800 miles, making 10 stops across 43 days, arriving at Manchester, Trafford Centre on May 30, 31 and June 1 and finishing on July 2 in London – just a few days before the tournament’s opening match at Old Trafford.
The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow, supported by the BBC, demonstrates the scale and importance of this summer’s event and is part of a wider drive to introduce new fans to the women’s game to create a lasting legacy for women’s football – a key focus for UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.
The schedule includes visiting each of the tournament’s nine Host Cities, Brighton & Hove, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Rotherham, Sheffield, Southampton, Trafford, and Wigan & Leigh, where fans will be able to watch some of the best players in the world compete at a local stadium. The additional tenth stop will be at Elland Road, Leeds ahead of England Women’s friendly against Netherlands on 24 June. Full details of the route and timings are available here.
The free Roadshow will offer visitors to Trafford Centre an introduction to football, with a chance to learn new football skills and tricks as well as try matchday presenting and interviewing in a special TV studio. It will feature live music from local artists and a showpiece football pitch, alongside the opportunity to get a picture with the trophy itself.
Additionally, there will be opportunities to meet legends from the women’s game, take part in interactive challenges and find out more about getting involved in grassroots football, the tournament, and how to purchase tickets.
Zoe Inman, Centre Director at Trafford Centre, said: “We are delighted to be housing the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow this month at Trafford Centre. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the local community together to celebrate an incredible moment for football.
"This event is a great opportunity for families and fans to head over to the Trafford Centre for a fun day out and to get involved in an unmissable tournament with music, fitness, and football entertainment. A great way to kick-off a Trafford Centre summer of sport”.
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Tournament Director, Chris Bryant said: “The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow is a huge part of our commitment in ensuring that everyone can feel connected to this special tournament. As we head towards the opening match in Trafford, excitement across the country is growing, so it’s great to be able to provide an opportunity for communities to join each other in supporting their local area and celebrating the women’s game.
"We want to appeal to everyone, whether that be your regular football fan, or someone that has never given it a go before. Each Roadshow event will offer a chance to learn about the tournament in a fun environment, whilst trying out a few different skills from playing to presenting and with live music thrown it, they promise to be a great free day out for all the family.”
Local spokesperson said: “The Roadshow is going to be a fantastic event for the community to come together and celebrate a huge moment in football. There is a real excitement here ahead of the tournament, so it’s great that this event will provide residents with an opportunity to get involved. We're encouraging people to come into the city/town and enjoy the entertainment”
Tournament organisers are also developing a series of exciting digital challenges as part of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow. The online challenges that will be launched on 17 May will provide people with a fun way to get involved and show their support for the Tournament.
Tickets are on sale now for fans to experience a history making tournament that aims to unite football and communities and amplify the growth of the women’s game