UEFA Women's Euro 2017
Football fever has gripped Holland with the Women’s European Championships opening fixture on Sunday night.
The hosts face Norway at Utrecht’s Stadion Galgenwaard in the tournament’s first game. Throughout the day before the match the city’s fan zone grew busier and busier, with rival fans enjoying the lead up to the game together.
11 football journalism students from the University of Derby witnessed the carnival atmosphere first hand from a hostel in the city square. The group are providing multimedia coverage throughout the tournament for various local and national news outlets.
With the help of lecturers Keith Perch and Peter Lansley, and photographer Joe Perch, the group will be travelling the length and breadth of Holland to attend matches in press boxes, press conferences at multiple training grounds as well as gathering their own news stories aided by the strong contacts and links the football journalism course has with women’s football.
The group arrived in Holland in the early hours of Sunday morning via ferry, after leaving from Harwich on Saturday night. The trip will see the cohort stay at the tournament until the quarter-finals stage.
England’s first game is against Scotland on Wednesday. Mark Sampson’s side will be looking to continue the superb form that they showed in the qualifying stages. The Lionesses made light work of Group Seven, clinching the sole automatic qualification spot ahead of Belgium undefeated.
Words: Ryan Plant