Women’s EURO 2021 Holds Host Venues’ Workshop

Published Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
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The inaugural Women’s EURO 2021 host cities’ workshop has taken place in host country England.

The aim of the workshop was to inspire and inform UEFA’s partners to deliver a record-breaking tournament that leaves a legacy for girls’ and women’s football.

In December 2018, Rotherham United’s AESSEAL New York Stadium was announced as one of the proposed venues for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 Football Finals.

The countdown to UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 in England now continues with the inaugural host cities’ workshop in the host country, attended by representatives from Rotherham Council and Rotherham United.

Sixty-five representatives of host cities, host stadiums, county football associations, the English Football Association (FA), the UK Sport body and UEFA came together at one of the host venues, Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, for initial discussions focussing on host city and venue issues at Europe’s premier women’s national team final tournament in two summers’ time.

Rotherham joined Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Brighton & Hove, London, Manchester, and Southampton as host venues for the tournament in July 2021.

The purpose of the workshop was to inspire and inform UEFA’s partners to deliver a record-breaking, operationally excellent tournament that leaves a legacy for girls' and women's football.

The prestigious continental championship will be played at eight venues across the country before concluding with a showpiece final at Wembley Stadium.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities, Cllr Sarah Allen, said:  “Following on from Rotherham's successful hosting of the UEFA Euro Men’s Under 17 final, this is a great opportunity for the town to showcase women’s football. It also means girls and women who come along to watch will hopefully be inspired to get involved in the future.

“Everyone attending will also be able to see what the Borough has to offer for visitors. We're very pleased and proud to be one of the host towns.”

Rotherham United Chairman, Tony Stewart, said: " We had a brilliant crowd here for the Lionesses game against Sweden last year and we are confident that the tournament will be equally well-supported by the Rotherham public for what is a very prestigious competition."

Chris Bryant, head of tournament delivery for UEFA Women's EURO 2021, said:  “There is great enthusiasm and passion for delivering this event with excellence, achieving record attendances and for supporting the growth and development of the women's game across England."

England previously staged UEFA Women's EURO 2005, the last eight-team final tournament, and the 2021 event will be the second to feature a 16-team field after the finals in the Netherlands in 2017. Wembley Stadium is earmarked to host the final, a year after the men's UEFA EURO 2020 concludes at the same stadium.

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