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Winning together: the Women’s Under–17 EURO legacy plan

UEFA and the Swedish FA are working hard to ensure this tournament enhances the skills and enjoyment of the nation’s youngsters on and off the pitch.

As part of the legacy programme for the Women’s Under–17 EURO this year, UEFA and the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) want to focus on helping young girls taking a more active interest in football, laying pathways for them to pursue the game either as players, leaders, referees or volunteers by creating welcoming environments that will leave a lasting impact on Sweden and its youth.

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Good to talk

Research has shown that there are still many barriers for female players to talk openly about menstruation, which can lead to them choosing not to play football. Aiming to break the taboo around this subject, participating teams and 30 clubs around Malmö and Lund will be provided with educational packages that will help drive more positive discussion.

Researching menstrual cycle effects

Get moving

Another aim at the tournament is to encourage a more active lifestyle for school pupils aged 6 to 15. With local schools, targeted workshops will look to reach over 1,000 children in the Skåne region, who will also be invited to attend games at the tournament.

Double Hat-trick

The Double Hat-trick programme consists of two existing projects run by FC Rosengård that have been combined for the legacy programme. Double Hat-trick looks to recruit young girls into leadership roles, aiming to educate 50 new female leaders in the Skåne region, which will also fuel more players to continue being involved with the sport.

Rosengård's Olivia Schough celebrates with team-mates after scoring in the UEFA Women's Champions League
Rosengård's Olivia Schough celebrates with team-mates after scoring in the UEFA Women's Champions League UEFA via Getty Images

The project holds activities for young women aged 15 to 25. They can complete training sessions at their local clubs and then be recruited to leadership programmes that teach them about coaching, health, project management, finances and more. The participants then get a chance to test their skills by helping organise the Hat-trick Cup, a competition that will be held at Malmö Idrottsplats.

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