Loughborough University is one of six venues chosen by UEFA and The Football Association as venue hosts of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final tournament in May next year. And Imago Venues, Loughborough University’s commercial venue provider, will facilitate and provide event management support throughout.
Burton Albion, Chesterfield, Rotherham United, St George’s Park and Walsall are the other tournament host venues for a competition which will see Europe’s 16 elite nations go head to head.
Chesterfield will host the opening game and Rotherham United will stage the final, with fixtures taking place between 4-20 May 2018. The final draw will take place at St George’s Park in April.
Wayne Rooney, Eden Hazard and Mario Götze are some of the famous names to have appeared at this level in the past. England won the European Under-17 title in 2010 and 2014, and also finished runners-up to Spain in 2017.
Imago Venues head of sales and marketing, Emma Boynton said: “Imago Venues are renowned for our links to major sporting events due to the professional facilities available across our portfolio… The UEFA European Under-17 Championships will once again provide an opportunity for our customer service skills to shine and we look forward to welcoming players and supporters from around the world to what will be an exciting tournament.”
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin added: “I am very happy that the finals are being staged in England. The Football Association are experienced hosts of major football events, and we are all looking forward to an exciting and entertaining tournament.”