Wigan & Leigh

Wigan is a vibrant and diverse borough, a place where people want to work, invest, live and visit. Centrally linked between the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool, Wigan is an ideal place to access the UK’s transport network.

Matches in Wigan & Leigh

9 July:
Russia vs Switzerland (Group C, 17:00)

13 July:
Netherlands vs Russia (Group C, 20:00)

17 July:
Sweden vs Russia (Group C, 17:00)

22 July:
Quarter-final (20:00)

All times BST

What to do

The borough offers vibrant market towns, friendly communities, lots of green spaces and canal sidewalks to enjoy and easy connections to the rest of the North West for leisure and shopping.

Football heritage

The town has a rich footballing history and home to Wigan Athletic. Founded in 1932 the club has played in the lower leagues during the 20th century but rose to prominence at the turn of the millennium by reaching the promised land of the Premier League in 2005.

The club’s sharp rise to the top culminated in 2013 when a last-minute winner saw them land their first major trophy in the form of the FA Cup at Wembley.

Leigh, which in recent years has been the home of Manchester United women, who play at Leigh Sports Village.

Local legacy

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will provide a springboard for the continued growth of women’s and girls’ football in England. In Wigan & Leigh the legacy programme aims to:

  • Increase the number of schools delivering girls’ football within – and beyond – the curriculum through Girls’ Football School Partnerships.
  • Launch clear and accessible opportunities and programmes for women and girls to play recreational football where and how they wish.
  • Transform the number of coaches and referees supporting women’s and girls’ football across the borough.

All leading to:

  • 11,500 more women and girls regularly playing football in schools and clubs by 2024.
  • 40 FA-qualified female referees and 40 female coaches by 2024.
  • Increase in numbers of Wildcats providers from four to 15 by 2024.


Inspiring the Next Generation

@InspiredByEngland2022 is an Instagram channel dedicated to all the exciting, entertaining, powerful and inspiring stories and content from UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.

When sharing your stories or students’ work from your classroom, be sure to tag @InspiredByEngland2022 and use the hashtag #WEURO2022!