UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Roadshow heads to Mesnes Park

UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Roadshow heads to Mesnes Park

Wigan Borough is set to welcome the UEFA Women’s EURO England 2022 national roadshow when it arrives in Mesnes Park next week.

The roadshow, supported by Wigan, Manchester, and Trafford Councils, will span two weekends with events at Mesnes Park in Wigan, Cathedral Gardens in Manchester and the Trafford Centre in Trafford.

Wigan’s Mesnes Park will see an exciting line-up on Saturday June 4, with recently retired England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley in attendance.

The former Manchester City shot stopper appeared in three World Cups and two EURO championships for England during a 17-year career with the national team. She will be joined by football freestylers and local dance groups.

The town will also host a special show pitch, where Wigan Athletic’s Foundation will provide taster sessions.

The roadshow will add to a festival feel in Mesnes Park on the day as it runs alongside the borough’s Platinum Jubilee ‘Party in the Park’ celebrations.

Councillor David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council, said: “Wigan Borough couldn’t be prouder to welcome the tournament to the borough and this roadshow will be the first of many exciting events to celebrate the biggest women’s sporting event to date.

“Not only will this support our local community and highlight what an attractive proposition Wigan and Leigh is for event organisers but it will inspire lots more girls to take their first step into women’s football.”

England legend Rachel Brown-Finnis and Olympian and Question of Sport Team Captain Sam Quek will launch the celebrations at Cathedral Gardens on Saturday 28 May. Brown-Finnis earned 82 caps for the Lionesses and was also in the GB Olympic squad in 2012.

The festival will then head to the Trafford Centre on Monday 30 May, with England legend Sue Smith making an appearance. Smith, who made her international debut at just 17, went on to receive 93 caps for England. The Trafford roadshow will be at the centre for three days up until 1 June.

Visitors to the free family events will have a chance to learn new football skills and tricks and take part in a series of fun interactive challenges. There is also the opportunity to win Women’s EURO ‘22 match tickets.

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Tournament Director, Chris Bryant said: “It’s fantastic to see Greater Manchester continuing the UEFA Women’s EURO 22 celebrations. Hosting the tournament gives us an extraordinary opportunity to support local communities try out new football skills and learn more about the women’s game. There is a real excitement here in the region ahead of the tournament and the Roadshow’s are a fun way for all the family to get involved and show their support”.

Olympic Gold Medallist Sam Quek said: “With so much to look forward to, UEFA Women’s EURO 22 is going to be incredible. The Roadshows are a big part of growing that excitement, because even more young people are being introduced to women’s football and with events taking place across the region, it’s a great first step into the sport and learning more about the tournament”.

Anyone wanting to get involved in grassroots football and learn more about other routes to get into the sport, will have an opportunity to do so at the Roadshow, with visitors able to try a range of industry related roles such as matchday presenting and interviewing in a special TV studio.

Local entertainment will be on offer throughout, with DJ’s performing live, along with a host of other exciting acts on the line-up. Fans will also have a chance to have their picture taken with the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 trophy.

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Roadshow will be open from 11am – 5pm on Saturday 28 May at Manchester Cathedral Gardens, 30, 31 May and 1 June at the Trafford Centre and 11am – 4pm on 4 June at Wigan’s Mesnes Park

Full details of the route and timings are available online (external link).

Greater Manchester will be hosting eight tournament fixtures, including a quarter-final tie.

Tickets are on sale now (external link) for fans to experience a history making tournament that aims to unite football and communities and amplify the growth of the women’s game.

Prices start at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.

Posted on Friday 27th May 2022

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