With Milton Keynes hosting games at this summer’s Women’s European Championships, the organisers have announced heritage and school programmes to support the competition.
In partnership with The FA, Milton Keynes Council and its local partners have joined a number of other organisations across England for a heritage project chronicling the history of women’s football in England which has been awarded £500,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
As well as this, all schools in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area are invited to take part in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Schools Programme, which aims to inspire and unite schools and pupils to get involved in the tournament coming to MK.
Four matches will take place at stadium mk in July 2022, made up of three group stage games and a semi-final.
The 2022 tournament comes in an important year for women’s football, as England hosts the UEFA Women’s EURO and the Lionesses mark their 50th anniversary.
However, the history of the game goes back a lot further than many might think. This year also marks 141 years since women’s football was first played professionally.
The National Lottery funded project aims to challenge the common perception of women’s football being ‘new’ and change the nation’s understanding of ‘the English game’. In addition to the National Lottery funding, The FA and host cities have contributed nearly £600,000 to the project, making a total of £1,060,580.
For the very first time, information about every England player, captain, goal scorer and match score since 1972 will be researched, recorded and shared alongside the information that already exists about men’s football. Hosted on England Football’s website the record will continue to be updated, ensuring future female players are part of the nation’s footballing story. The project will particularly explore the role of the LGBTQ+ community.
Milton Keynes is one of nine UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 host cities, taking part in a fantastic range of community events and celebrations this summer.
Milton Keynes Council and its local partners have pulled together an inspiring local programme which, thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Players, will engage new and diverse audiences across the borough in the run up to and during the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.
Among the activities happening in MK during the lead up to the tournament as part of the Heritage Programme include a themed exhibition at Station Square, oral history programme bringing local MK stories to life, community roadshows and a photography competition.
Cllr Jane Carr, Cabinet Member at MK Council responsible for Sport said, “We’re proud to be playing our part in delivering a record-breaking tournament for women’s football this summer. Through the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Heritage Programme and funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re delivering an exciting programme of cultural events which we can’t wait to see come to life. It will support post-pandemic recovery; deliver inward investment; boost the visitor economy; reach new audiences and rebuild confidence to attend and participate in events.”
Meanwhile, the school programme provides teachers access to a digital pack which includes free cross-curricular resources all themed around the Women’s EURO.
The digital resources have been produced by an educational specialist who has worked closely with teachers to ensure they fit with the school curriculum and include a range of activities, including tips for running a EURO themed assembly.
Pupils will be able to fill out a tournament time journal as well as take on the role of organisers by creating their own Fan Zone, all alongside football festival packs and several take-home resources.
Available for Key Stage Two and Key Stage Three [can be adapted for other age groups including Key Stage One], resources will be released all the way up to the tournament to also include topics and themes such as PSHE, Literacy, Maths, PE, Culture and Heritage and reading challenges.
Schools and teachers can sign up now to access and download resources here.