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Millwall head to Downing Street

10 December 2014

Thursday date with the PM

Representatives from Millwall Community Trust, David Briggs and Dean Burrowes, will be heading to Downing Street on Thursday morning for a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron at a special Premier League Christmas Truce Tournament Reception at No. 10.

Leanne Cowan and Abbie Solly, who both play for Millwall Premier League Kicks U18s, will be joining Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid and representatives from Chelsea, West Ham United, Spurs and QPR at Downing Street.

The reception is being held ahead of the Premier League Christmas Truce Tournament in Ypres, Belgium at which Millwall Kicks U18s girls will make history by becoming the first Championship side to compete in this prestigious event.

Millwall were crowned Premier League Kicks Cup champions back in October, and as a result have been invited to participate in the highly prestigious Truce Tournament, now in its fourth year.

The Lions party will make a quick dash from Downing Street to catch a high-speed train to France, making their way to Ypres late on Thursday afternoon to join up with players and officials from the other participating clubs such as Hearts, Anderlecht and Shalke.

Besides taking part in the Tournament, which runs over two days, the young players will also participate in some educational activities including visiting the Tyne Cot cemetery and the trench systems at Bayernwald, before being taken to Plugstreet Wood (the site of the Truce match 100 years ago). It is here where Millwall along with the other clubs will lay footballs as wreaths before going to the Menin Gate, where they will take part in the Last Post Ceremony.

They will also exchange gifts at an official dinner where they will mix with fellow players from all the other countries involved.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Millwall's U18 girls Kicks team," said Dean. "It is a real honour to compete in the Christmas Truce Tournament in Ypres, which is organised by the Premier League, to celebrate 'Football Remembers' week and the Christmas Truce.

"This is also a great way to mark the 100 years since World War 1 and to pay our respects to the servicemen and women who bravely fought both at home and abroad."

The Millwall U18s squad, whose last training session before heading off to the Truce Tournament is captured in our special photo gallery, is as follows: Kiera Hewett-Brown, Abbie Solly, Lottie Ivison, Laura Johnstone, Amy Gorman, Aiesha Hunter-Campbell, Niamh Stephenson, Hope Nash, Leanne Cowan and Kirsty Cameron.

Dean will be in the travelling party along with Tom Rolt and Katie Bassett from the Millwall Community Trust.

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