UEFA and FA launch schools ticket initiative for European U17s Championships

Published Friday, 9th February 2018
European Under-17s Championship comes to Rotherham
European Under-17s Championship comes to Rotherham

European Under-17s Championship comes to Rotherham.

UEFA and The Football Association have launched its schools ticket initiative ahead of the European Under-17s Championship in May.

England will host the UEFA European Under-17 Championship for the first time this summer, with five of the 31 matches to be played at Rotherham United's New York Stadium, including the final. The tournament final draw will take place at St. George’s Park on 5 April.

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.

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.

The UEFA and FA ticketing campaign is aimed at attracting local school children to the matches. School friendly early kick-off times at 1pm will be played at each stadium to give children a unique opportunity to watch the stars of the future on their doorstep. Rotherham will host one of the semi-finals on Thursday 17 May at 1pm.

Tickets for children are only £2 and accompanying teachers/adults go for free.

Schools that purchase tickets by Wednesday 28 February could win free coach travel to and from a match, or be in with a chance of a player visit to their school ahead of the tournament.

After the unprecedented success of England’s development teams in 2017 and interest in youth football at an all-time high, the 16 nation tournament will showcase Europe’s leading young talent.

Wayne Rooney, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo are some of the famous names to have appeared at this level in the past.

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 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.”

Rotherham Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services Cllr Gordon Watson added: “The tournament is a unique opportunity for schools to see the next Pogba, Rooney or Ronaldo on their very own doorstep and we know that Rotherham will give the competing teams a very warm traditional Yorkshire welcome.”

For tickets and further information:

Visit the FA website

Visit the FA website for schools information