Alex Greenwood to become first woman awarded Freedom of Sefton

Alex Greenwood to become first woman awarded Freedom of Sefton
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England star Alex Greenwood will become the first ever woman to be awarded the Freedom of Sefton next week.

The Bootle-born Lioness, who helped secure the 2022 Euros Championship before narrowly losing out in the 2023 Women’s World Cup final, will become the first woman to be given the illustrious Freedom of the Borough civic honour.

Alex will join fellow Bootle footballer Jamie Carragher and famous horse trainer Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain as the only three individuals on Sefton’s Honorary Freedom Scroll, which officially confirms her status as Freewoman of the Borough.

Being bestowed the Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour Sefton Council can give to an individual and is only ever considered in exceptional circumstances.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:  “Alex is a fantastic role model for young people in Sefton and has long been a major influence in the advancement of women and girls’ football within our borough.

“Despite still being at the top of her game and competing in the Women’s Super League, Alex regularly takes time to motivate and inspire future generations of sporting stars throughout our communities.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: ““I want to take this opportunity to urge all our young sporting stars to take a look at Alex’s hard work and dedication to getting where she is today as one of the world’s best female footballers.

“Her progress is a testament to the excellent school and sports facilities we have within Sefton.”

The ceremony to present Alex with her Freedom of the Borough honour will take place from 6.30pm at Bootle Town Hall on Thursday 19 October.

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