To celebrate the Women’s EURO 2022 tournament coming to the borough, Rotherham Council are calling on all knitters to help brighten up the town centre ready for the games.
The Knit Off to Kick Off campaign is encouraging local Knit and Natter groups to come together to help yarn bomb the town centre with a vibrant explosion of crochet and knitted flowers and footballs in the tournament colours.
The colourful decorations will be sewn together and wrapped around trees in the town centre to highlight and celebrate the wealth of green space available in the borough for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Rotherham is one of nine host cities for the tournament with three group games and a quarter final due to be held at the New York Stadium.
The event is set to be the biggest women’s football event in UEFA history with tens of thousands of people from across the region and Europe expected to visit the borough over the course of the tournament.
All wool will be provided free of charge for organised groups with the aim of creating upwards of 5,000 decorative flowers and footballs. In return for their contributions, groups will receive free taster sessions of soccersice or walking football.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Cllr David Sheppard, said: “It’s great to have a tournament with such prestige coming to Rotherham and these displays will be a wonderful way to welcome visitors to the town centre.
“As with so many of our local groups, our local knitters have spent a great deal of time away from their friends and fellow enthusiasts – this is a great opportunity to give people a reason to meet back up in their local library or to sign-up to their local group.”