England will host the UEFA European Under-17 Championship for the first time this summer and UEFA tournament ambassador Nathaniel Chalobah visited Outwoods Primary School in Burton-upon-Trent on Wednesday to launch school ticket sales.
The event, held with 100 days to go before the competition begins, was used to launch the ticketing campaign aimed at attracting local school children to the matches, with two midweek games being held at Loughborough University.
School friendly early kick-off times of 1pm will be implemented at each of the tournaments six stadiums to give children a unique opportunity to watch the stars of the future on their doorstep. Tickets for children are only £2 and accompanying teachers/adults go for free.
Watford star Chalobah, who made 97 youth appearances for England and won the U17s European Championship in 2010 said:
“It’s great for England to host a European Championship on home soil. There are lots of opportunities for schools to get involved and as we saw today, there’s a real enthusiasm for football among young people.
“Throughout my youth career, I always enjoyed competing in these tournaments and the 2010 win is a real career highlight to date. It’s an honour to be named as a tournament ambassador and I’m really looking forward to the big kick-off in May.”
The tournament will be played between Friday 4 May and Sunday 20 May, across 10 match days at six venues: Rotherham United, Chesterfield, Burton Albion, Walsall, St. George’s Park and Loughborough University.
Wayne Rooney, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo are some of the famous names to have appeared at this level in the past, with the competition acting as the perfect platform for young players to showcase their talents. England who won the European Under-17 title in 2010 and 2014, and also finished runners-up to Spain in 2017, have qualified automatically for the tournament as hosts.
Loughborough University fixtures
Saturday 5th May, 12.30 and 17.45 kick off
Tuesday 8th May, 13.00 kick off
Thursday 10th May, 13.00 kick off
Friday 11th May, 19.00 kick off
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