Force supports international football in Rotherham

Date published: 08 May 2018 15:59
Dated: 08 May 2018 15:00:10

South Yorkshire Police is proud to support the matches taking place in Rotherham as part of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

England’s Young Lions face Switzerland at 7pm this Thursday, the second of five matches at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium during the 16-day tournament.

England have started the tournament in style with two wins to top Group A and a bumper crowd of up to 10,000 fans is expected to pack the ground with the hosts needing just a draw to qualify for the quarter finals.

PCSOs from Rotherham District and members of the mounted section will be on hand at every local game during the Euro U17 Championship, which includes one quarter final, one semi final and the final on Sunday 20 May.

The first match in Rotherham kicks off at 7pm tonight (Tuesday 8 May) involving Bosnia & Herzegovina and Belgium.

Chief Inspector Paul Ferguson said: “This is a fantastic family event and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors, schools and local people to the New York Stadium. it’s a great opportunity for our officers to meet and greet fans, working alongside the tournament stewards to ensure the matches are safe and enjoyable for all supporters.”

Motorists travelling around the New York Stadium should expect some disruption on all match days, but particularly on Thursday for the England group game.

The force isn’t anticipating any issues at Euro Under-17 games but here are some top tips to help us keep you safe:

  • Don’t leave valuables on display in your vehicle
  • Keep personal valuables like mobile phones, wallets, purses and keys out of sight
  • Trust your instincts – if you think something is wrong then act on it

If you see our police officers or horses on your way into the stadium, please don’t be shy, come and say hi and grab a photo. We would love to see your photos using #SYEuroU17.

Mounted officers and horses in Rotherham town centre

Mounted officers and horses in Rotherham town centre

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