Rochdale and District Disability Action Group

17 Aug 17

England in Euro 2008 Action at Boundary Park

This summer between 20 July - 2 August, The FA are hosting the 2008 European Learning Disability Championship in the North West of England, with Boundary Park playing host to the Final.

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England, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Portugal, Hungary and Poland will be drawn into two groups of four, with England's first group game to be played at Sport City on Sunday 20 July.

Hyde United, Curzon Ashton, Springhill (Rochdale) and Stalybridge Celtic will also host fixtures during the tournament, with Boundary Park set to host England's third group game on Saturday 26 July, the first semi final on Wednesday 30 July, and then the final.

The captain of the England team is 26 year old Ronnie Watson. A painter and decorator, he was a trainee at Spurs for six years, playing alongside Ledley King, Peter Crouch and Jonny Jackson (Colchester United).

After he was released at 16, he played for a number of Non League teams in the South East, and in 2002, he was part of the England team which won the Learning Disability World Cup in Yokohama in front of over 25,000 spectators, where only three months before, a Ronaldo-inspired Brazil had beaten Germany in the mainstream World Cup.

Recently Ronnie moved to Cheshire, and to help him get fit and ready for the tournament, he will train with the Latics' first team on Thursday 28
February. John Sheridan and Lee Duxbury will then assess Ronnie's fitness and ability with a view to helping him obtain a short-term contract to the end of the season.

The FA, Manchester FA, Cheshire FA and the five participating clubs will be working to provide local youngsters and volunteers across the North West with the chance to try get involved in a variety of capacities during the tournament.

Organisations such as The Regard Partnership, Mencap, Tameside MBC, Link4Life, Salford Community Leisure & Manchester City Council are also going to be heavily involved.

With the senior England team missing out on the UEFA 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland, why not come along to Boundary Park, and any of the other 2008 venues, and get behind an England team bidding to win some silverware on home soil this summer.

For more information see: the FA website


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