Youngsters at FC Abbey Meads enjoyed an up and down end-of-season as a result of goings on in the Barclays Premier League, but there was a great outcome for the club.
The under 11s Rangers won the Barclays Spirit of the Game competition, with the top prize of playing on a premier league pitch. Thirty players were set to travel to east London in June to play at West Ham’s Upton Park ground until the money-can’t-buy experience was cancelled. West Ham had qualified for the Europa league which meant their pitch had to be ready for the early rounds of the competition by July.
Abbey Meads coach and development officer Clint Ricketts pleaded with Barclays Premier League officials that he had a large group of disappointed children on his hands and it was agreed the famous trophy would be brought to Swindon for the club’s annual presentation evening at MECA on Friday 12 June, complete with security guards.
“It was an amazing outcome for our club and we’d like to thank the Barclays Premier League for making our end of year event something special,” said Clint. “To give the youngsters the chance to be so close to the trophy handled by the Chelsea players only a few weeks ago was wonderful.
“It was a great way to celebrate a really successful season. The under 11 Rangers were undefeated and won their league, the under 13s also won their league and the under 14 girls team won the treble (league and both cups), whilst the under 18s were runners up in their league.”
The club, formed in 2003, now caters for 150 boys and girls aged 8 to 21 The FA Charter Standard club is run by forty CRB/CRC checked volunteers, with coaches qualified or working towards FA coaching qualifications.
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