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Posted: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:15

Drayton Manor Partners up with UEFA European Under-17 Championship

The popular theme park, based in Staffordshire, will work with tournament organisers to enhance the overall spectator experience at selected matches, by offering family-oriented content, including some pre-match entertainment from the attraction's popular mascot, Rory the Lion, as well as running giveaways and competitions at games that will provide additional opportunities for family fun!

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship gives spectators the opportunity to be amongst the first to witness the next generation of English and European football talent; right here, right now. The Championship consists of 31 matches that will take place across ten days at Rotherham United, Chesterfield FC, Walsall FC, Burton Albion, Loughborough University and St. George's Park from Friday 4th May to Sunday 20th May 2018.

The Loughborough University Stadium will play host to the following fixtures:

  • Saturday 5 May:
    Group C
    Denmark v Bosnia and Herzegovina: 12:30pm KO
    Republic of Ireland v Belgium: 5:45pm KO
  • Tuesday 8 May:
    Group D
    Serbia v Germany: 1:00pm KO - Bring your School along!
  • Thursday 10 May:
    Group B
    Norway v Slovenia: 1:00pm KO - Bring your School along!
  • Friday 11 May:
    Group D
    Netherlands v Serbia: 7:00pm KO

Steve Cooper, Head Coach of the England Under-17 team, said: "We're extremely grateful for the support of Drayton Manor Park as official partners of the UEFA Under-17 European Championship.

"Drayton Manor's award-winning attractions draw visitors of all ages, especially families, and this partnership will encourage support for our Young Lions which is great news, as our Under-17s are really looking forward to representing their country on home soil.

"With school friendly kick-off times and affordable ticket prices, young supporters will not get only get to see future football stars performing on their doorstep but can also look forward to taking part in family-oriented competitions being run by Drayton Manor at selected matches."

Lance Kelly, UEFA Head of National Team Competitions, said: "We're looking forward to working with such a renowned, family-run attraction. Through this partnership, we're hoping to engage with football supporters of all ages, especially the younger generation, who can look forward to seeing some of the continent's best young talent in action at local venues."

William Bryan at Drayton Manor Park, comments: "We're so excited to be working with the FA and UEFA for their upcoming European Under-17 Championship as it has such a great synergy with the values of our theme park, which is all about families.

"It's great to be able to send our mascot, Rory, out and about to meet and entertain visitors at the games and meet the football stars of the future too."

In addition to competitions that give members of the public the chance to win two player escort places for the Under-17 England games, Drayton Manor Park will also proudly host the official function for representatives of the 16 participating nations, UEFA delegates and VIP's.

There are 3 easy ways to book your school/group tickets:

  • Buy Online (choose Loughborough University on the drop-down)
  • Call 0800 169 2007 (option 7)
  • Download a Booking Form (choose the fixture you are interested in and download the form)

For more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or to book tickets call 0844 472 1950.

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