England Lioness Euros winner Alessia Russo from Maidstone to receive civic recognition from Maidstone Borough Council

Kent's England football hero Alessia Russo will be honoured in her home town for her part in the Lionesses's victory in the Women's Euros.

Alessia grew up in Maidstone and went to school in the County Town before going on to enter the record books by becoming part of the victorious England team in the Women's European Championships.

England's Alessia Russo - A Maid of Kent
England's Alessia Russo - A Maid of Kent

She will be honoured by having a room at the new Mote Park cafe and visitor centre named after her, the borough council has declared.

Alessia, who came on as a substitute in the 2-1 extra time win over Germany at Wembley on Sunday, will be invited to a civic reception and asked to officially open the new centre.

Students from her old schools - East Farleigh Primary and St Simon Stock Secondary - as well as players from her old team, Bearsted FC, are set to join her and the Mayor Cllr Derek Mortimer.

Cllr Mortimer said: "Maidstone Borough Council is delighted to be able to officially recognise Alessia with this Civic Recognition at the new Mote Park Visitor Centre.

"We are very much looking forward to her opening this state-of-the-art facility which will be so important to our beautiful park. Well done Alessia - everyone in Maidstone is so proud of you.”

The Lionesses celebrate their victory at Wembley. Picture: PA Images/Adam Davy
The Lionesses celebrate their victory at Wembley. Picture: PA Images/Adam Davy

The date of the opening is yet to be confirmed.

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