England Women’s Euros win will inspire many young players, says club chairman

The chairman of a Dewsbury football club believes England women’s Euro 2022 victory is “huge” for the growth of the girls’ game.

By Jessica Barton
Monday, 1st August 2022, 4:30 pm
Updated Monday, 1st August 2022, 4:30 pm
The England team lifting the UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Trophy.
The England team lifting the UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Trophy.

Last night, England beat Germany 2-1 after extra time to be crowned European champions for the first time, in front of a record crowd of 87,192 at Wembley.

The tournament has been hailed a massive success in terms of attendance at matches and TV viewing figures, with many believing it will have changed women’s football forever.

Rob Smith, chairman of Dewsbury Rangers, said: “The success of the England women's team is huge for the growth of the girls' sector.

“For grassroots clubs such as ourselves it gives us the ammunition to target young female footballers who may not have otherwise got involved.

“It will inspire so many young players to start playing.

“The increased exposure can only be positive and becoming European champions will provide a long-lasting legacy.”