Ick­en­ham Youth teams step into the lime­light

Ground­break­ing year for club cel­e­brated at awards night

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Sam Meade tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ICK­EN­HAM Youth cel­e­brated a fan­tas­tic sea­son of achieve­ments with their an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion evening.

The event, held at Hilling­don Sports and Leisure Cen­tre in Uxbridge, was a chance for both in­di­vid­ual play­ers and teams to have the lime­light and share their suc­cesses from the sea­son just gone.

Ick­en­ham now boasts 24 teams cov­er­ing a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent age groups which in­volve 350 play­ers across the lo­cal area.

It has been a ground­break­ing year as for the first time the club has also wel­comed girls into the mix with their first fe­male team.

The new de­vel­op­ment has been hugely wel­comed and the num­ber of girls par­tic­i­pat­ing has led the club to add an ex­tra day’s train­ing to its sched­ule.

A special men­tion was also handed to Dave Gentry who took over the reins of the dis­band­ing U16s when they had just four play­ers on the books.

The side now en­joys a full com­pli­ment of play­ers in­clud­ing Ben Chi­gara, who was voted the team’s most en­ter­tain­ing player in 2016.

The club also said farewell to 22-year-old Ross Deamer who stepped in to run his brother’s team three years ago and has en­joyed coach­ing the side but has now de­cided to step aside and let some­one else take up the role.

Else­where, Brook House U13s are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning the an­nual Maiden­head Youth Foot­ball tour­na­ment.

The Brook be­gan this chal­lenge on the back of three fi­nal losses this sum­mer but made up for that dis­ap­point­ment by beat­ing Chal­font Wasps 3-1 to clinch the tro­phy.

Six-goal Cori Page topped the scor­ing charts and was closely fol­lowed by Kelsy Luimbe with five goals through­out the tour­na­ment.

Jack Mur­phy, Lathees Yo­geswaran, Ed­ward Phiri, Mo­hammed Kanaan and Harry Ve­sey made up the rest of the ex­cel­lent side.

Brook House U13s are on the look­out for a new cen­tre-back and cen­tral mid­fielder. If interested, call Jimmy on 07415 328 870.

Else­where, the club’s U14s are also look­ing to add in those po­si­tions for next sea­son, with pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of youth foot­ball is pre­ferred.

Any­one interested need to be in school year nine from Septem­ber. Con­tact the same tele­phone num­ber for details.

n CEL­E­BRA­TION: (Clock­wise from above) Ick­en­ham Youth founders Der­ick and An­nette McCorkell with Dave Gentry; Ben Chi­gara with Dave Gentry; Ross Deamer presents a tro­phy to player Tyler; the event at Hilling­don Sports and Leisure Cen­tre

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