REGIONAL football bosses have welcomed a new age of football with higher crowds, role models and more youngsters getting involved at an early age.

After the stunning performance of England at the UEFA European Women's Championship which culminated in the home team winning the tournament, the regional FAs which represent South Cumbria are excited about the future of women's football.

Jo Ashworth, chair of the Westmorland FA, spoke of how important it was that Barrow's Georgia Stanway was part of the winning side.

She said: "The whole of the Women’s Euro 2022 tournament has showcased the best of women’s football. The Lionesses have entertained, performed brilliantly and have been role models for all young people coming into the game.

"We have had record crowds, people have accessed football on mainstream TV and radio and we have consistently broken records throughout the tournament.

"It just goes to show if you invest in the game, what fantastic returns you can get.

"It’s wonderful for all young players to be able to have role models, if young people can see it, they can be it. We are fortunate that many local Cumbrian girls can aspire to be the next Georgia Stanway.

"I hope this will be the catalyst for more to come. If we can help and support anyone in grassroots football then we will work with future players, coaches, referees and volunteers. For any enquiries into women’s and girls football please contact the Westmorland County FA on 01539 730946 or email"

A spokesman for Lancashire FA reiterated Ashworth's praise of the footballer, drawing attention to the programmes they run and inviting clubs to get involved.

Until August 12, Lancashire FA is accepting applications for clubs to become 'Wildcats' host centres - 'non-competitive football for girls who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age.'

And it is also looking for clubs to become a Squad Girls Football Centres provider.

New applications are being encouraged to inspire the next generation of females inspired to get involved in the beautiful game.

Find more information on Wildcats here and SQUAD here.