England Lionesses to pay tribute to Leah Harrison at North-east match

Football fans attending the England Lionesses match against France have been invited to join a tribute to tragic Leah Harrison.

Leah, 10, was on a school trip when she lost her life in a tragic mudslide following heavy rain . Teesside Live previously reported how emergency services flooded Carlton-in-Cleveland with mountain rescue volunteers, police and paramedics in attendance.

Despite the huge emergency response the Mount Pleasant Primary School pupil couldn't be saved leaving a community devastated. Tributes have poured in for the youngster who has been described as a "happy, bubbly, go-lucky little girl" who had dreams of playing for the Lionesses.

Now the national team she supported have posted how they plan to pay tribute on Friday. A statement says: "The FA, Lionesses players and staff were devastated to hear of the tragic passing of 10-year-old Leah Harrison.

"Football was a source of joy in Leah’s life and like so many young girls across the country it was her dream to play for the Lionesses. As the team head to the North East, Leah and her family and friends are in our collective thoughts.

"We ask fans to come together in the 10th minute of Friday’s game against France at St James’ Park in recognition of her life and in support of her family. To Leah, you will forever be a Lioness."

Leah's football team Darlington FC Youth said the youngster was a "joy to coach" and a popular member of the team. In a heart-breaking statement the club said: " The club would like to express its sincere condolences for the loss of Leah Harrison who was part of Darlington Youth FC’s U11 girls’ team.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends, and the other U11 girls who had dear friendships with Leah. The club would like to echo the thoughts of her manager. We are devastated this morning to hear of the tragic passing of Leah Harrison.

"Leah only joined our football family this season but had quickly become a popular member amongst the girls. She was a joy to coach — always smiling and trying her best — and had shown big improvements during her time with us. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this terrible time."

Leah's school and family also paid tribute to the 10-year-old. In a statement, her family said: "Leah Harrison, the happy, bubbly, go-lucky little girl. The beautiful smile, the giddy laugh, the silly jokes. You will never ever be forgotten baby girl. You will achieve your dream and become a player for the Lionesses. Spread those wings. May you rest in paradise."

England play France in a European Qualifying match at St James' Park on Friday, May 31. Kick-off at 8.00pm.

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