Women’s Euros 2022
It has been a fun festival of football so far this summer with a thoroughly entertaining Women’s Euros taking centre stage. Aided by some fine English weather and raucous support for England and their rivals, the football has produced goals galore, as well as record crowds and viewing figures.
England Women Make a Statement
After a slim 1-0 victory over Austria in the opening game of the tournament, England produced two stunning performances to thrash Norway 8-0 and then Northern Ireland 5-0 to easily finish top of their group. They head to the quarterfinals in great form, having sent a message to the other teams hoping to take home the trophy.
Lauren Hemp, who plays on the wing for England, and both scored and assisted in the game against Norway, told the BBC: “It was important to make a statement so teams fear us.”
However, England are not the only team in good form and making statements with their performances. Germany also won all three of their group games without conceding a goal, while Sweden and the Netherlands also look strong. France are another contender that could threaten England’s chances, but first up it will be Spain in the quarter-finals.
Covid Causing Problems for England Women
England’s performances have been especially impressive considering that Covid-19 has been hampering their preparations. England manager Sarina Wiegman had to miss the final group game against Northern Ireland after testing positive for the virus, with assistant Arjan Veurink taking responsibility for the in-game management from the sidelines.
Wiegman has been isolating at the team’s base camp at the Lensbury hotel in west London. She has remained in remote contact with the squad and is hopeful of being cleared to attend the quarter-final match.
English Venues Enjoying Record Crowds
The venues hosting the tournament all around England include some of the most famous stadiums in the world as well as lesser-known stadiums. All have helped provide fans with excellent opportunities to enjoy fantastic football with great atmospheres.
Joining mega stadiums like Old Trafford and Wembley in hosting matches are Bramall Lane in Sheffield and St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. Smaller stadiums hosting games also include Brentford Community Stadium in London, the Brighton and Hove Community Stadium as well as the Manchester City Academy Stadium. Also look out for games at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, the New York Stadium in Rotherham and the Leigh Sports Village in Leigh.
Women and Girls in Grassroots Football
One of the huge benefits to England hosting the Euros 2022 is the chance for legacy groups in the host cities to work towards providing new opportunities for women and girls to participate in grassroots football.
It is estimated that the tournament will generate around 500,000 such opportunities, which will only benefit the England women’s team in the future.
Importance of Having Adequate Insurance
The world’s eyes on England’s football stadiums and some of the most iconic venues enjoying record crowds, highlights the importance that sporting venues have the right insurance in place to keep staff, clients, visitors, as well as buildings and equipment protected.
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