CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has pledged to help provide footballing opportunities for the borough's women and girls in the wake of the Lionesses' historic triumph.

England Women lifted the Euro 2022 trophy yesterday evening after defeating Germany 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in front of a record-breaking crowd of 87,192.

This was the country’s first major international footballing success since the men's side won the 1966 World Cup.

Now council leader Louise Gittins hopes to build on the Lionesses' legacy and work with the Cheshire FA to given women and girls the chance to get involved in football.

Councillor Gittins said: "This achievement for England Women has been extremely inspiring for all of us watching on and brought the whole country together.

"One of the most important things about this tournament has been the impact it’s had on so many girls and women across the country.

"The England players and staff have been the perfect role models and shown others you can achieve your dreams.

"I hope Euro 2022 has a lasting effect here and we’ll be working closely with Cheshire Football Association (FA) locally to help provide as many opportunities as possible for girls and women take part in football in whatever capacity they wish."

Inclusive is one of Cheshire FA’s three values in its business strategy for 2021-24, championing and making sure football is available and safe for everyone.

When the strategy was produced, 22 new teams had been playing in Cheshire FA’s recreational women’s Inspire League and more than 100 women had been engaging with the Female Coaches Network programme.

Cheshire FA aims to continue increasing participation in both its female and disability pathways, while making sure high quality and standards are maintained across its diverse offer.

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