Church prepares for final England group match in Lowestoft

London Road Baptist Church is hosting the England evening matches at Euro 2016. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

London Road Baptist Church is hosting the England evening matches at Euro 2016. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

More than 60 people were part of an 'electric atmosphere' as the first England match was screened at a church in Lowestoft.

London Road Baptist Church hosted the match last Saturday (June 11) with a number of children and families attending the alcohol-free event.

After the match finished in a 1-1 draw, attention now turns to the next screening – which will take place on Monday as England face Slovakia (8pm kick off).

'A lot of families came along and another guy brought his dad who had never been to church before,' said Ashley Langner – head coach for the church football academy.

'There was such a brilliant atmosphere and everybody went crazy when we scored.


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'It was really enjoyable and we are now looking forward to Monday.'

At the first screening, held at the church on Kirkley Park Road, visitors enjoyed soft drinks and hot-dogs.

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A number of football themed skill video clips were also shown on the big screen during the interval.

'It was a fantastic turnout but I would love to see more on Monday night,' Mr Langner added.

'There was an electric atmosphere in the amazing venue – particularly when we dimmed the lights.

'We will continue to show the England evening matches if we progress in the tournament and we hope the numbers will swell.

'The fact we had no alcohol did not dampen things either.'

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