We Are Willow
Creative Studio & Art Collective

AROUND THE MATCH – WIGAN & LEIGH

FORMATS: Film | Soundtrack | Publication & Release | Event & Exhibition

A commission for Wigan and Leigh’s hosting of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, celebrating the areas rich history and diversity.

A NEW TEAM, FILM DOCUMENTARY & MEMORABILIA that offers fresh insight into the women of football in and around the match – the female voices that make the game on and off the pitch. Exploring those special moments associated with the game that affect people long after the final whistle is blown.

The Team – 11 women of diverse ages and backgrounds, including veteran England internationals from the 1970’s and current grassroots players, brought together to explore the past, present and future of football.

The Shirt – Design inspired by local heritage, limited edition eco shirt made from recycled plastic bottles contributing to a more sustainable future for the game.

The Book & Lapel Badge – 44 page perfect bound publication featuring foreword essay, poem, players’ portraits and biographies along with the new team crest as lapel badge.

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION | Chris Butler

DESIGN | Daren Newman

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY | Daniel Cheetham

ADDITIONAL IMAGES | Simon Pantling

FOREWORD ESSAY | Jacqui McAssey

FILM | Chris Butler & Simon Pantling

MUSIC | Chris Butler & Simon Connor

SOUND | Simon Connor

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY | Will Grundy

PRESS | Rob Allen

COMMISSIONERS | UEFA • Wigan Council • GMCA

SUPPORTING PARTNERS | National Football Museum • Wigan Athletic F.C. • Powerleague • Skem Athletic National Girls and Women’s Football Tournament • Wigan School For The Arts – Wigan & Leigh College