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Blackpool Illuminations Tribute To Our Lionesses

It was only a few weeks ago that we were all nervously glued to our screens, watching in anticipation as England Women’s Football Team made history – bringing football home for the first time since 1966.

As the country rejoiced at the success of our lionesses winning the European Championships and the winter months draw closer, Blackpool is planning to celebrate the accomplishments of the triumphant England squad in its own unique way.

Following on from the nation’s celebrations, the famous annual Blackpool illuminations will pay a special homage to commemorate this significant piece of football history.  Portraits of the iconic 23-player squad and their manager Sarina Wiegman will be illuminated on the promenade throughout the extended four-month autumn and winter season for visitors to see and relish in their success.

Councillor Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, says: “The Lionesses created a special moment in football history and we are pleased to be able to recognise their achievement with a place in one of the UK’s most iconic tourist attractions.”

It’s more than football.

The debate following the history-making champions have proved instrumental in the progression of women’s football and sport. In wake of the new champions, the England squad released a public letter to the government requesting greater representation of women in sport and that their European Championship win is only the first step in recognising women and their contributions to sport.

However, the Women’s Euros tournament was more than just football – it exuded the strength, determination and resilience of women both on and off the pitch. With 23% fewer girls (than boys) engaged with sports during their time in school; the representation and empowerment provided by the lionesses this summer raises awareness of women in sport, highlights the growth of the game and most importantly inspires millions of young girls.

The impact of England’s Euro win on home turf doesn’t stop there as the Government has pledged a £230million investment into grassroots football by 2025 in the form of 8,000 football and multi-sports facilities. This sizeable investment aims to encourage more generations and young girls to take up sport. In addition to their investment pledge, the listing of women’s tournaments as being of national significance also allows greater opportunity and representation for the women’s game to be shown on free-to-air television enabling more people to watch and be inspired by the sport and team camaraderie.

An artists impression of the tribute to England's Lionesses.

The Blackpool Illuminations will be officially launched on 2 September with the annual Blackpool Illumination Switch-On concert at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, with a screen on the Tower Headlands streaming the event for public viewing. The illuminations will be switched on for the extended season from September 2nd to January 2nd 2023, with a variety of new features including the homage to our Lionesses.

For more information on the switch on times and full details of this year’s display, go to www.visitblackpool.com/illuminations

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