Trafford gets Women's Euros off to a winning start

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The feel-good factor was felt in Trafford after fans flocked to the opening game of the UEFA Women’s Euros.

More than 68,000 people – a record attendance for a Women’s Euros game – packed themselves into Old Trafford on Wednesday to see England beat Austria 1-0, with many off them enjoying the pre-match entertainment in the Fan Party, organised by Trafford Council.

Children and families enjoyed a host of activities, including Lego building, face-painting and cultural activities. There was also the chance to show off football skills, including 5-a-side games and keepie-uppy skills. Music helped keep the Fan Party buzzing, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also providing live performances.

Cllr Jo Harding, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Strategic Partnerships, went to the game and Fan Party. She said:

“What a brilliant atmosphere. The Euros are going to be the biggest and best ever so Trafford deserves a massive pat on the back for getting them off too such a great start.

There was a real party vibe in the fanzone and it was just fantastic to see so many families enjoying themselves. The whole experience was just amazing.
I would love to see more and more people – women and girls in particular – take part in sport.

We can see how sport can bring people together. Playing in a team, creating friendships, having fun and keeping fit all help provide a massive feel-good factor, both mentally and physically. If you’ve been spurred on by the brilliance of the Euros, then why not find out where your local team is, go along with your friends and have fun!”

For details of women’s and girls’ teams in Trafford, visit

Posted on Friday 8th July 2022