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A huge festival of international football is kicking off in Trafford very soon – and you can be part of it!

Celebrations will take place all over the country when The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament gets underway at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium on July 6.

All nine host cities across England will stage a series of exciting events for fans to help them get involved in Europe’s biggest ever women’s sporting event. Iconic locations across the country will be transformed into Fan Parties, where supporters of all nations and families can gather to enjoy food, music and entertainment, as well as watch some of the world’s best players in action on large screens.

Matchdays won’t be the only chance for fans to experience the atmosphere of the tournament. Throughout July the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 events programme will host a range of arts, heritage and music activities all inspired by the record-breaking tournament.

Trafford’s Fan Party is a ticketed event for fans attending the opening fixture at Old Trafford, when England take on Austria on Wednesday 6 July. The free event will offer

· Live music and entertainment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

· Two stages of live entertainment

· Football taster sessions

· Arts and heritage exhibitions

· Venus beach football zone

· Food and drink

· Official UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 partner activities from Heineken, VISA, The LEGO Group, Starling Bank and Gillette Venus

For more information visit https://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/event-guide/trafford/

Manchester’s Fan Party will take place at Piccadilly Gardens from 11am-4pm each day from Wednesday 6 July to Sunday 31 July. With Greater Manchester set to welcome fans from Austria, Belgium, England, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland, the event will provide free entertainment for all, including:

· Live match screenings*

· Food and drink

· Official UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 partner activities including Starling Bank football-themed activities and face painting

· Football taster sessions

For more information visit https://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/event-guide/manchester/

Cllr Jo Harding, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Strategic Partnerships, said: “I am extremely proud that this fantastic festival of football will be kicking off in Trafford. Our borough has a proud tradition of hosting major football tournaments and I am delighted that UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will be latest tournament to take place in Trafford. This is an historic occasion and I would urge as many football fans in our borough as possible to enjoy this brilliant event by watching the games and taking part in the Fan Party.”

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, Head of Tournament Delivery, Chris Bryant said: “Showtime is almost upon us. UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will be a landmark, ground-breaking tournament in so many ways and not just for the fantastic football on the pitch.

“All of our host cities are planning events before, during and after games. Whether you are a diehard football fan or just looking to enjoy your first tournament, we want everyone to share in the momentum of this event. There will be concerts, exhibitions, fan parties, match screenings, workshops and much more.”

Nine host cities will play host to 31 games as well as an action packed line-up of entertainment for fans to enjoy. The host cities are Brighton & Hove, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Rotherham, Sheffield, Southampton, Trafford and Wigan & Leigh.

More information about the Fan Parties and the full Fan Festival programme for each city is now available on the official Event Companion on the UEFA Women’s EURO mobile app at https://womenseuro.page.link/2sZD

Tickets are on sale now for fans to experience a record-breaking tournament that aims to unite football and communities and amplify the growth of the women’s game. Prices start at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Visit http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/ticketing. For more information about the exciting Arts & Heritage programme running alongside the tournament visit http://www.thefa.com/weuro2022Arts