FOOTBALL-mad youngsters now have a team to call their own – with the help of two dads.
Matthew Obee and Kevin Telford have given their time to help train the latest squad created by Hebburn Town Football Club.
The youngsters had all been regular attenders of the club’s “mash-up” sessions, which gives youngsters aged seven to 14 the chance to receive regular training.
After enough youngsters of the same age came forward, it enabled Mr Obee and Mr Telford to create a competitive team – Hebburn Town Juniors Under 10s.
The team – whose strip is sponsored by KJS Floors Ltd, which supplies and installs raised access flooring for commercial buildings – plays in the Russell Foster League.
Coach Mr Obee said: “Kev and I always focus on the players having fun and trying new things, and not to be frightened to make mistakes. The most satisfying part of coaching, just as in teaching, is to see these young people developing confidence and social skills that will help them beyond the football pitch.”
The mash-up initiative was set up by Anth Hanley, and is now run by Brian Stewart with support from Kev Van Enk.
The team includes youngsters Ryan McGee, Daniel Telford, Alex Brown, Ethan Sayers, Lewis Van Enk, Brodie Turnbull, Cole Martin, Taylor Obee, Harry Tatters and Alistair Ford.
Chairman of Hebburn Town, Stephen Rutherford, said: “The introduction of our ‘mash-up’ session nearly 12 months ago has allowed the club to give children from the ages of seven to 14 the opportunity to receive some first-class, qualified coaching on a regular basis, with no extra commitment required.”
The Mash-Up runs on Saturdays at the 3g pitch at Hebburn on Saturdays between 12.30pm to 2pm.
“We have been very fortunate to be able to have enough children at the same age to create a team to represent the club in the Russell Foster Youth League.”
The Mash Up runs on Saturdays at the 3g pitch at Hebburn on Saturdays between 12.30pm to 2pm.