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Hundreds of children celebrate as 2018 UEFA under-17s Champions League trophy tour comes to Rotherham

Published on Friday, 27th April 2018 in Council news news

Excitement is building in the weeks running up to the 2018 UEFA Under-17s Championship as the official trophy goes on tour.

Children and teachers of Thornhill Primary School had the opportunity to get up close to the trophy as official partners joined the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Eve Rose Keenan, and consort Pat Keenan.

School fans across Rotherham are being given the chance to view the prestigious silverware before it is presented to the Champions in May, with more than a dozen schools already visited.

England Under-17s class of 2017 catapulted themselves onto the global stage in October by lifting the World Cup trophy. And they are hoping to go one further than last season’s Euro campaign which ended with a penalty shoot-out defeat to Spain in the final.

England is hosting the UEFA Under-17s football championships this year, and Rotherham is one of only five places in the country to have been selected to host the games.

The Trophy Tour gives football fans of all ages the opportunity to share the excitement of the UEFA Champions League. And, in the weeks leading up to the tournament, young fans are being given the chance to spend an unforgettable moment with the trophy.

The Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Rose Keenan said: “There is a team of people working with Rotherham United to make this a very special tournament so that the town, and particularly our young people, don’t miss out on this historic opportunity. The Trophy Tour gives football fans of all ages the opportunity to share the excitement of the UEFA Under-17s Champions League.”

Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director of Culture, Sport and Tourism Polly Hamilton said: “A key priority for the Council is extending opportunity for everyone and this will be an amazingly fun event for the community of Rotherham which will put a smile on people’s faces and, at its best, it’s the kind of experience which could change lives, inspire our young people to get active, take up football or aspire to turn their talent and passion into a profession.”

Rotherham United’s Head of Community Jamie Noble added: “The Championship is a fantastic opportunity for children, young people and the wider community to see the next generation of professional footballers up close and personal, here in our very own New York Stadium.”

Rotherham United will hold onto the trophy until the match tournament begins on May 4. Matches taking place at Rotherham’s New York Stadium are:

  • Tuesday 8 May - 7pm (Bosnia & Herzegovina v Belgium)
  • Thursday 10 May - 7pm (England v Switzerland)
  • Sunday 13 May - 2pm (Quarter-final)
  • Thursday 17 May - 1pm (Semi-final)
  • Sunday 20 May - 6pm (Final)

Tickets are now on sale from just £4 for adults and £2 for children.

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