Soccerlution come out on top at Hyde League awards night
PUBLISHED: 15:41 17 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:45 17 June 2016
“We will get bigger and better” was the overriding message as over 100 young people gathered together in Wembley for the Hyde League’s inaugural awards night presentation at the Hilton Hotel.
The Jason Roberts Foundation, in partnership with Hyde Housing and Soccerlution, launched the new development league – run by young people for young people – back in December, and it has been a big hit ever since.
The Hyde League, which also offers employment and volunteering opportunities, helps bridge the gap between grassroots and academy/league football.
There have already been some great success stories from the league, with various players going on to be scouted and picked up by professional clubs, including Cambridge United FC.
One notable youngster was offered the opportunity of a lifetime, with Serie A champions Juventus handing him a scholarship.
In the league itself the Soccerlution Academy first team won the Under-17 league in style, remaining unbeaten throughout the entirety of the campaign and beat a QPR Trust side 2-1 to wrap up the title last month. Elsewhere, DB Excel were the winners of the Under-21 league.
The JRF also had good news themselves, with Joshua Daniels named young ambassador of the year. On winning the accolade he said: “I would like to thank the Jason Roberts Foundation for setting this league up.
“I have found this project to be a very good and helpful experience and I hope to be doing more of this in the future.”
The foundation paid tribute to Sarah Willis and Hyde Housing, who have been the main sponsor of this football project, on the night.
Eugene Dwaah, CEO of Soccerlution and Talent ID officer for Cambridge, worked closer with the JRF’s CEO Otis Roberts in delivering this project and told the audience: “This league has already been a huge success, Otis and myself were confident this would be the case.
“It has been fantastic to see so many young people getting involved and developing their game, but also improving other important facets that are key to their life.
“This is only the beginning. Otis and myself have already begun working on improving the league for next season [which begins on August 21]. It’s going to be bigger and better than ever. I can guarantee the youngsters will love it.”
Willis added: “Young people have huge potential, which is what we can see in this room.
“I have great faith that all these young people will succeed in life, not just on the pitch but off it too in all sorts of ways, and the great thing is to see so many young people from all across London.”
- Elsewhere, the Jason Roberts Foundation recently held their first-ever all-female rugby tournament, with 100 young girls participating.
The competition was held in partnership with Ark Academy (Wembley), the Serge Betsen Academy, and Kilburn Cosmos RFC.
The event brought young girls from all across Brent together, with rugby legend Betsen in attendance, offering words of wisdom to the participants.
The idea of hosting a rugby tournament came after the success of the foundation’s International Women’s Celebration Day in February, an event which engaged with 130 young women from the borough to play multi-sport.
The rugby tournament had two age groups, the under-13s and under-15’s. with many of the participants playing rugby in a competitive nature for the first time.
One young participant said: “We lost in the end, but I am going to make sure I am tough and bounce back for the next tournament.”
Following the successful rugby tournament, Kilburn Cosmos and Ark Academy have created a partnership and are now delivering rugby for women and girls every week.
For more information, contact Sam Edmondson at S.Edmondson@arkacademy.org.
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