Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Youngsters receive football awards

ABOUT 200 people attended an AFC Henley presentation evening at Henley Town Hall

ABOUT 200 people attended an AFC Henley presentation evening at Henley Town Hall.

Awards were was given to the most improved player and the most dedicated player from each team.

The most improved players were Daisy Morgan, Joe Cooper, Eddie Pratt, Will Thompson, Ewan Knight, Luca Emanuel, Tristan Flower, Jamie McLellen, Jem McAllister, Alex Tams, Sam Morgan, Henry McDonagh, Tristan Laurent, David Lama, Callum Brady, Jack Dowling, Jason Hopes, Tom Taylor and Tristan Soza.

The most dedicated players were Molly Skinner, Charlie Rolstone, Natasha Rasmussen, Tobias Bruun-Andersen, Sam Houldsworth-Bianek, Elliot Rowberry, Casper Clark, Monty Heath, Lucas Pestana, Luke Freeman, Ciaran Gilder, Jake Jones, Owen Saunders, Ryan Lynskey, Fraser Bossons, Sam Kelly, Sam Newberry, Alex Lee and James Cottle.

There were also awards for the top scorers at the club across the seven-, nine- and 11-a-side teams.

Barnaby Burletson (seven-a-side), Jem McAllister (nine-a-side), Patrick Snookes-Owen (11-a-side) and Aneith Singh (11-a-side) all won an award. They all scored 28 goals this season.

Will Bourne and Matt Tillyer won longest-serving player awards - they have been at the club from under-sevens to under-18s.

Steve Wright and Roy Peters, who have managed a team from under-sixes up to under-16s, were given club recognition awards.

Along with Andy McIntosh, who received his UEFA A coaching licence this year, also won a recognition award. He has been a coach at the club for more than 15 years.

The best team award went to the under-nine Hurricanes. They went unbeaten all season, winning all their 16 league games and seven cup games and scoring 142 goals.

They rounded off their season by winning the East Berkshire Football Alliance under-nines shield.

Trevor Howell, the club's vice-chairman, said: "We have seen the club increase in size by a quarter in the last 12 to 14 years.

"We emphasise quality and doing the right things by the children following FA guidelines.

"We are teaching them to play good football and how to play as a team."

The club now has more than 350 players across 18 teams in age groups from under-nines to under-18s.

There is also a mini-soccer centre which trains players from the age of five.

Club secretary Mark Cooper, who hosted the evening, said: "The event was well-attended and gave us a chance to celebrate what has been a very successful season."

The awards were presented by Henley town councillor Sam Evans.

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