The Hunslet Club under 9s dual team triumph

Every young person deserves recognition when they accomplish something they haven’t done before. The Hunslet Club U9s dual football team have had a fantastic season that ended with a bang as they won the Champions League Cup for the first time!

We are incredibly proud of this achievement, as the team have worked hard in every session and shown dedication, sportsmanship, teamwork, and talent throughout the season.

Hunslet U9s started as U7s with around 7 players; they have since developed and grown into a Dual Team, allowing us to have 18 children to play the game they love.

The children missed out on a lot of football at the start of their journey due to Covid and have only been placed in Division 1 this year. Since moving to Division 1, they have gone unbeaten through sheer determination, commitment, and teamwork – winning the Champions League Cup was the icing on the cake for them.

“They have worked their socks off to get where they are, and they deserve all the credit; without the children having the right attitude and determination, none of this would be possible.”  said coach Kyle Swithenbank.

The trophy, the first trophy they have won as a team, now sits proudly in The Hunslet Club trophy cabinet – a reminder, not only of a momentous day but that through hard work, sportsmanship, progress, and teamwork, you can accomplish more than you thought.

Every player has come so far in such a short time, and they worked phenomenally as a team. We do want to give a special shout-out to Leonel Otobor, who scored a hat trick in the Cup Final.

We also want to highlight the contribution of Rhodri Cook, Kyle Swithenbank and Rob Moore, who have worked hard behind the scenes, coaching 4 times per week to help support these children and encourage them to reach their full potential.

A massive thank you to the parents and carers of the team, as without them and their commitment to travel to training or matches 4 times per week, this would not be possible.


This post was written by Lisa Benfield

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