THE eyes of the footballing world will descend on Burton later this year as a prestigious tournament arrives in the town.
Stars of the future and dignitaries from across Europe will head to Burton Town Hall for a live draw to see who will play who in the UEFA Women’s European Under 17 Championship Finals on October 24.
This will be followed by a civic dinner before Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium hosts to several tournament games, including one involving England and one of the semi finals, in November and December.
Bernard Peters, deputy leader for service commissioning for East Staffordshire Borough Council, said the town hosting the tournament will help it ‘build on an Olympic legacy that began with the torch relay through Burton’.
He told the Mail: “The area put on a great show with the Olympic torch relay and this obviously caught the attention of someone and showed that the council and partners can come together and organise something of that scale.
“The news that we will not only be hosting games but also the cup draw and civic dinner is a massive feather in the cap for Burton and East Staffordshire.
“It also comes on the back of the opening of the superb St George’s Park, which continues to go from strength to strength, and also with great help from Burton Albion and chairman Ben Robinson.
“The tournament will hopefully allow us to continue trying to promote our Olympic legacy and get a generation of young girls interested in playing and watching football.”
The event will also be supplemented with close work with schools across the area.
England will play at the Pirelli at a date in December.
The eight national squads, who are set to take part, will be based at St George’s Park.
This is the seventh UEFA European Women’s Under 17 final tournament but the first to be held outside Switzerland and the first to contain eight teams.