Leek Town Vice-Chairman Andy Wain has been speaking regarding the decision by the FA to stage two UEFA U17 Championship games at Harrison Park

Wain who has been involved in talks with the FA, says it’s a big feather in the cap for the club.

“I think it’s a credit to the work done by the football club in Leek. Our pitch has not been in the best of conditions for years, but it was dug up at the end of last season and a new pitch put in its place and the difference has been remarkable,” said Wain.

The playing surface was upgraded during the summer at a cost of £85,557 with the help of a £42,000 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund.

The other half of the costs were provided by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

FA officials were at Leek’s home game against Gresley last weekend to view the facilities and were happy with what they saw.

“We had a visit from FA officials and they were satisfied with the condition of our pitch, which is great news for the club and also the town of Leek to attract such a prestigious tournament,” said Wain.

England will be looking to qualify through the group stages to play in the finals in Azerbaijan in May.

England begin their campaign with a game against Turkey at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on Thursday, March 24 at 7pm.

Then it’s off to Harrison Park on Saturday, March 26 to play Finland (3pm), with their final match being against Ukraine on Tuesday, March 29 at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

Tickets for all England home games are £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions and are available via the FA website or by emailing andywain2@sky.com or calling 07974 710181

England under-17s head coach Steve Cooper said: “To host the qualifiers on home turf is always exciting and to get around the country and give young England fans the opportunity to see some of our young players on home soil is really important.

“This year it falls during the Easter holidays and hopefully the local fans can come out and support the team.”

Source: Leek Town FC

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