Next week, England star Alex Greenwood will become the first woman to be awarded the Freedom of Sefton.
The Bootle-born Lioness, who captured the nation’s hearts in the summer of 2022 by assisting in the UEFA Women’s Euros Championship before narrowly missing out on the 2023 Women’s World Cup, will be the first woman to receive the illustrious Freedom of the Borough civic honour.
Alex will be one of only three people named on Sefton’s Honorary Freedom Scroll, along with fellow Bootle footballer Jamie Carragher and famous horse trainer Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain.
The Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour that Sefton Council can bestow on an individual and is only considered in exceptional circumstances.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Sefton Council bestowed Honorary Freedom of the Borough status on Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
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 award Alex the Freedom of the Borough will take place on Thursday, October 19th at 6.30pm at Bootle Town Hall.