England’s summer base camp for their 2022 UEFA Women’s EURO campaign will be the historic Lensbury Resort in southwest London.
After considering several options, head coach Sarina Wiegman felt The Lensbury provided the best possible location for England to prepare for the challenge of taking on Europe’s top teams in July.
Wiegman said: “We are looking forward to our stay at The Lensbury. We have received a warm welcome from the staff already and have been impressed by the facilities and accommodation.
“It is important that our tournament base is a home from home for the squad and support team, and I have no doubt we will find that here. Confirming our base is another step towards what we all hope will be a memorable summer.”
Managing Director of The Lensbury Resort, Julie Hammond, said “The team and I are incredibly proud that The Lensbury Resort has been chosen as the dedicated training base for the England national football team during the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament this July.
I personally am truly excited to be a part of the long-overdue rise in interest and associated participation in women’s elite sports and look forward to this excitement continuing to rise during the tournament this summer.
“We are very much looking forward to playing our small part and to cheering on the Lionesses throughout the tournament this summer.”
The Lionesses will spend much of June at the national football centre in St. George’s Park, Staffordshire in the lead-up to the opening game against Austria in Manchester on 6 July, before switching to their new home in the capital.
The world-renowned venue on the bank of the River Thames in Teddington has often played host to the England men’s rugby team with its elite level sporting facilities including UEFA standard pitches, a state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool.
It will also be home to the team’s Media Centre – welcoming journalists from across the world for news conferences, player interviews and training sessions.
The Lensbury is also particularly well-placed for travel to England’s second and third group games with Norway at the Brighton Community Stadium on 11 July and Northern Ireland at St. Mary’s, Southampton on 15 July. The 16-nation tournament concludes at Wembley Stadium with the final on Sunday 31 July.
Before heading to The Lensbury Resort, the Lionesses have three warm-up fixtures with tickets for the two home matches still available. To purchase visit thefa.com/tickets.
England will begin their preparations by welcoming Belgium to Wolverhampton’s Molineux Stadium on Thursday 16 June (8 pm kick-off).
England then face the Netherlands at Elland Road, home of Leeds United, kicking off at 8 pm on Friday 24 June. Zurich’s Stadion Letzigrunch hosts England’s final EURO 2022 preparation fixture where they take on Switzerland at 5 pm (UK BST). All three of the fixtures will be broadcast live on ITV.