Sharrow United U-10s completed a successful first season in the Sheffield and District Junior Football League, winning the league in the first half of the season and then finishing 6th in the top division against more established teams.
The under-10s team was set up in August 2015 from players attending Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD) football coaching sessions on Tuesday and Thursdays at the U-Mix Centre. The team is managed by FURD Coach Sandro Vashakidze alongside assistant managers Akash Munir and Asim Shazad.
The team held a presentation evening to celebrate the successful start of our first ever Sharrow United junior team with awards for the players.
The award for most improved player went to Farhad Kabiri who has shown vast improvement in his understanding of the game.
The player of the year was awarded to Anwar Cummings for his excellent displays throughout the season. All the players received their medals at the presentation evening and are really excited for the new season where they will compete in the under-11s league.
FURD Joint-CEO, Mehrun Ahmed expressed her delight at the current coaching sessions held at the U-Mix Centre, she said 'I'm delighted to see all these young people taking advantage of the sessions that FURD are putting on, the coaches are doing a fantastic job to ensure the players have a platform to improve their skills and most importantly enjoy the experience whilst looking to develop into competitive footballers'.
Sandro believes that amongst his players he has seen some potential that can get noticed by professional clubs. He said 'at the moment I have 2 players who have shown that they have the skill and potential to play at academy level, we are working on them and trying to filter them through to one of the professional academies'.
There will be plenty of development opportunity with the current crop of players to help them better compete with teams in their league. Sharrow United Junior Football Club will be running trials through summer for all interested players aged under-11 who are wanting to join the team for the new season in September.
FURD football coaching sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday 4pm-5pm for 6-11 year olds at £2 per child per session. For more detail about the session or if you would like to sign your child on please call 0114 2589601. We are grateful to BBC Children in Need for supporting this work.