Future champions!

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A group of young footballers from across Rugby have taken on football teams in Birmingham - and won.

Positive Futures youth project, which is run in conjunction with Rugby Borough Council, was invited to compete in a half term community six-a-side football tournament in Birmingham. Coaches entered two teams of 14 to 18 year-olds into their first tournament.

Both Positive Futures teams successfully reached the semis and were just one game away from meeting in the final.

Sadly, one Rugby team lost 2-1 to the tournament favourites, but the other won 1-0.

Kevin Brookes, Positive Futures project co-ordinator, said: “The game was filled with chances at both ends; with the Rugby team going closest by hitting the post. Eventually the Rugby team took the lead with five minutes to go.

“The Birmingham team fought hard to get back into the game by applying wave after wave of attack but failed in their pursuit to score.

“Rugby Positive Futures managed to hold out and when the final whistle was blown their efforts gained the respect of the other players and the spectators. The team was awarded with medals and a team trophy to bring back to Rugby.

“For the young people involved this is a massive boost in confidence and all involved should be really proud of what they achieved.”

For more information about Positive Futures visit www.rugby.gov.uk.