This is the first time a team of year eight and nine boys from Grace Academy Darlaston has won the trophy over the past five years and teacher Henry Holland said:
“I am really proud of the team. They played great football and all of them have shown a huge amount of commitment. Members of the team have been attending their normal practices, and an additional practice during the week with ex-England footballer Andy Sinton who has been taking specialised football training sessions with students.
“The students have been learning every aspect of the game including passing, shooting, heading and other technical skills. It’s great to have students involved in sport at all levels to help build their life-skills, promote healthy and active life-styles, teamwork and leadership.”
Man of the match, student Adonijah Allen, said:
“I feel proud to have made a massive contribution to the team and for this to be recognised by my team mates is an honour and something I take great pride in.”
Team Captain, student Dylan Kingdon, said:
“It was amazing to be part of a team that worked over the season and took the opportunity to win the cup. I am proud to lead this team.”
The students on the team were Callum Hayward, Jamie Davis, Dylan Kingdon, Shaun Dovey, Josh Davis, Jake Bird, Ad Allen, Ben Barker, Rujhan Kumar, Jake Short, Abdu Bojo, Kyle Oakley, Sam Poselay, Ameenul Hoque, and Jake Walker.