England winger Lauren Hemp hopes the Lionesses’ performances at Euro 2022 this summer time will solely mark the start of the journey in the direction of elevated participation in girls’s soccer.
Hemp delivered the nook which was turned residence by Chloe Kelly within the closing towards Germany because the Lionesses made English soccer historical past with a 2-1 extra-time victory.
And the Manchester City star, who was awarded the liberty of hometown North Walsham for his heroics, hopes her aspect’s success will go away a long-lasting legacy.
“We went into the tournament to inspire a nation and get people to watch women’s football. That’s what we’ve done,” the 21-year-old instructed Sky Sports.
“We’ve broken attendance records and there were so many people watching the women’s match. That’s what we wanted to achieve.
“It’s simply the beginning of a journey the place we would like to proceed to improve participation in girls’s soccer and ensure that we interact folks.”
Hundreds gathered as Hemp, who Lioness legend Karen Carney has often said will retire her in 2019, was honored at home in Norfolk. Now she is keen to serve as an inspiration to the next generation.
“It’s been fairly loopy, simply going out on the city clock and seeing so many individuals there supporting,” she added. “It was years in the past that I walked by these streets as a younger lady with a dream of eager to play soccer and win trophies for my nation. My dream got here true and I hope to encourage as many younger ladies and boys to take up soccer. “