A team of boys from Chorleywood have returned home from Bognor Regis with smiles on their faces and victory on their minds, after coming top in one of the country’s biggest grassroots football competitions.
Taking place at the seaside town’s Butlins resort over the weekend of April 30 to May 1, the Chorleywood Common Youth Football Club (CCYFC) Under 10s Rockets, one of 24 teams in their age group, played in the ESF Tournament, winning all but one match.
This took them into a nail-biting penalty shoot-out in the competition’s final, which with grit and determination they won, claiming the tournament’s trophy, which was presented to them by former England, Arsenal and Portsmouth footballer, Paul Merson.
Trevor Dorrell, who manages the Rockets, spoke to CHORLEYWOODnews about the team’s success: “It’s really good. They’re a great bunch of kids. We didn’t go there with too much expectation but after a very good first day, the next thing you know, it’s knockout football.
“I cannot praise the team highly enough, a true band of brothers. Every single one of them played a major part in winning the trophy.”
The Rockets will now play at the ESF Grand Final later on in June, set to take place at St George’s Park, home of all of the England national teams.
Trevor, his assistant Alex and the boys are looking forward to the challenge. “We’ll try and do the same thing again, and just enjoy it. What a wonderful experience for the team. Phenomenal.”