Saturday, 25th October 2014

International football for Town

International football will return to Shrewsbury next month after the Prostar Stadium was chosen to host an attractive under-19 clash between England and Holland.

It’s also good news for Shrewsbury’s Sports Village, based in Sundorne, which has been selected as England’s training venue ahead of the match to be played on Tuesday, September 9 (7.45pm), writes STUART DUNN.

A host of promising Premier League talent is likely to be on show with West Ham striker Freddie Sears, Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair and Manchester City forward Daniel Sturridge all featuring in recent England under-19 squads. The match will also be shown live on Setanta Sports.

Town’s new home successfully staged two internationals in its first season, with a record crowd of 8,753 turning up to watch the England women’s team beat Spain last November.

Jon Harris, Town’s general manager, was due to meet FA officials at the Prostar Stadium yesterday to finalise arrangements, but he expects ticket prices to be set at just £3 for adults and £1 concessions. There will also be special rates for groups.

“On the back of successfully staging the women’s international last season, our next internal goal was to look at getting an under-19 international as that’s the next stage,” said Harris.

“That honour has now been bestowed upon us and it speaks volumes for the facilities at the Prostar Stadium.”    

Officials at Shrewsbury’s Sports Village are also excited by the prospect of throwing open its doors to England’s best young talent.   

“The staff of Shrewsbury Leisure are working with the Football Association to arrange a date and time to bring local school children to watch England’s future stars,” said a spokesman.

“It is also hoped that England’s opponents, Holland, will utilise the facilities at the Village in preparation for the match.”

The Sports Village’s new football development co-ordinator Christian Smith will be in touch with local schools shortly. It is also hoped that a small number of spectators will be allowed to view a training session.

The England under-19 side will not be the first national team to make use of the first class facilities on offer at the Shrewsbury Sports Village – and next March they will play host to the British Isles Short Mat Bowls Championships and the England national team.