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Highcross hosts pre-tournament festival
 Women's Football News 26 Nov 2013
Highcross hosts pre-tournament festival - 26 Nov 2013 - Women's Football NewsOn Sunday 24 November, Highcross Leicester Shopping Centre, hosted a FREE FA interactive football fanzone, ahead of the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship. 
The prestigious tournament runs from 26 November - 8 December 2013 at AFC Telford United, Burton Albion FC, Chesterfield FC and Hinckley Stadium. The games kick off at 12.30pm on Tuesday 26 November with AFC Telford Stadium staging the opening ceremony before England get the tournament underway when they play Italy. At the same time Germany will play Scotland at Hinckley Stadium.
The event, organised with the support of Leicestershire and Rutland County FA, offered a fun football experience to over 700 aspiring young footballers and visitors. England Senior Team Captain and tournament Ambassador Casey Stoney made a special visit to meet and greet all of the participants, pass on top tips and talk about what it is like to play for England. She was accompanied by Megan Harris and Kirsty Linnett, who currently plays for England Under-23s, and represented England at Under-15 and Under-17 level.
All participants had the chance to test their reactions as well as the speed of their shot, in a number of interactive games, brought by Continental Tyres, including Batak Boards and a Speed Cage. Charlotte Lade, one of the world's leading professional football freestylers was also on hand to wow the crowds with her amazing football tricks and skills.
Fans were also given the chance to pose with the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship trophy, whilst Leicester City's Filbert Fox and FA Women's Super League mascot Berry the Bear were also in attendance and went head-to-head in a dance off.
To add to the enhanced fan experience, there were prizes and giveaways from Lego Friends and Continental Tyres, tournament sponsors, and music, hair braiding and face painting. Staff from Leicestershire and Rutland County FA were on hand to provide information on local football opportunities.
Tickets are available to this prestigious UEFA tournament and at a cost of only £3 for an adult and £1.50 for children and concessions, football fans can experience top class women's European football at an affordable price, right on their doorstep. All schools and youth clubs have been offered FREE tickets by The FA to enable youngsters in the local area to watch the best young female footballers in Europe and to come out to cheer on England.

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