HOST town Rotherham sent a delegation to Milton Keynes for the first workshop ahead of the Women’s Euro 2021 football tournament.
Many of the Lionesses aiming to make a first World Cup final tonight (Tuesday) will play here in two summers after New York Stadium was chosen as a venue in late 2018.
A delegation from Rotherham Borough Council and Rotherham United was among 65 representatives in MK for initial discussions on the tournament.
Millers chairman Tony Stewart said: “We had a brilliant crowd 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.”
The workshops aim to capitalise on the current popularity of the women’s game, which saw TV viewing figures of 7.6 million for England’s World Cup quarter final win over Norway.
NYS is one of nine venues for the Euros of July 2021, when the final will be at Wembley.
Cllr Sarah Allen, RMBC cabinet member for cleaner, greener communities, 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.”
Chris Bryant, the tournament's head of delivery, said: “There is great enthusiasm and passion for delivering this event with excellence, achieving record attendances and supporting the growth and development of the women’s game across England.”