Ladies’ big screen football action option on the agenda

Fans of ladies’ football will be able to watch live action from the UEFA Women’s European Football Championship on the big screen in Antrim and Newtownabbey next summer, if plans are approved by the borough council this evening (Monday)

Monday, 28th June 2021, 10:49 am
Updated Monday, 28th June 2021, 10:56 am

A report to be presented to councillors has proposed screening each of the Northern Ireland team’s matches at an outdoor venue in the borough,

A motion backed by the local authority in April brought by Glengormley DUP Councillor Alison Bennington, a former Northern Ireland player and seconded by Ballyclare Ulster Unionist Councillor Vera McWilliam “celebrates the historic achievement of the Northern Ireland Women’s Football Team in qualifying for Euro 2022”.

Members also agreed to write to the Irish Football Association to “congratulate the team on their fantastic achievement and engage with teams across the borough on how women’s football can be further developed”.

It is proposed to screen each of the Northern Ireland team’s three games next July at a single venue in the Borough on rotation around the Parterre at Antrim Castle Gardens, V36 at The Valley and the Civic Square, Mossley Mill, at a cost of £21,000.

Fans could expect a large screen,  car parking, public toilets and hospitality outlets.

Sixteen teams will  play in the tournament from July 6 to  July 31, 2022, in venues across England. The Northern Ireland ladies will have at least three

group matches to play.

The team includes Larne woman Julie Nelson who was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to women’s football in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours.

In 2016, the local authority screened the Northern Ireland men’s football team matches in the European Championships at Mossley Mill and Antrim Castle Gardens at a cost of approximately £50,000.

Meanwhile, SupercupNI has confirmed a match between a Man Utd’s Under-16 squad and Linfield FC’s youth team at Dixon Park in Ballyclare on July 30.