Sherwood Park has attracted another high-level sporting event.
It was recently announced that Strathcona County will serve as the host community for the 2020 Football Canada Women’s National Championships, which will take place from July 30 to August 7 at the Emerald Hills Stadium.
“Strathcona County is excited to welcome the Football Canada Women’s National Championships to our community in August 2020,” said Strathcona County Mayor Rod Frank. “Our local Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion is sure to showcase the extraordinary athletic talent of the competitors. We are thrilled to cheer them all on.”
“Football Alberta is incredibly excited to be working with Strathcona County,” said Football Alberta’s Taylor Stiles. “They have a proven track record of being a leader in sports tourism and we are very confident the event will be a huge success.”
Football Alberta Executive Director Tim Enger said he is thrilled that his organization was able to secure the event and bring it to Sherwood Park.
“We feel we do one of the best, if not the best job, of all the provincial football associations in terms of hosting events, so this is what we like to do,” he said. “With all the expansion of our programing including non-contact football and the women’s game, it is just natural for us to look into something like this.”
“With the development of Emerald Hills and the surrounding area with all of the hotels that have just sprung up out of nowhere, it is a no-brainer. You can host all sort of events at that facility and the area is so accessible for teams coming in. It has turned into one of the finest tournament sites that I have seen for on-field sports.”
Enger said that he has no doubt that the football-mad Park community will throw their full support behind the women’s nationals this summer.
“You look at certain cradles of football in our province and there are some areas that stand out like Okotoks and some areas of Northwest Calgary, but Sherwood is right up there with them in not only their support of minor football, but also at the high school level,” he said. “You don’t really go to any provincial competition at any level in this province without seeing at least one, if not two or three, teams from Sherwood Park.”
The event will feature six provincial teams vying for the national title.
Team Alberta recently held its selection camp for the event under the warm inflated dome at Foote Field and announced an initial roster on Thursday evening.
A pair of local athletes made the cut as Sherwood Park’s Megan Tyler and Ardrossan’s Aimi Winterburn will both play on the defensive line.