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Soccer success for Waterloo youngsters

London SE1 website team

Waterloo FC's under-13s have achieved great success this season, reaching the London Youth FA County Cup Final to be played next weekend.

This annual competition attracts the best teams from all over London. 94 teams take part and many are from the youth teams of semi-professional clubs. The final will be played at Mile End Stadium, Rhodeswell Road, E14 on Sunday 5 March at 10.30am, where Waterloo FC will play Bromley FC. All supporters are welcome to cheer on the boys from SE1.

The club has developed three new teams: U9, U11 and U12.

WSFC's current programme provides a structured football coaching and educational programme called 'Playing for Success' for pupils at Friars, Charles Dickens and St Joseph's primary schools.

“We have found that children and young people have responded exceptionally well to our programme," says project manager Arnie Reynolds. "The majority have embraced our ethos of being focussed, disciplined, determined and have also developed sportsmanship skills. It is apparent that there is a great amount of talented players within Southwark, who given the opportunity, can accomplish anything they work towards."

Last summer Waterloo FC's under-12s won the Umbro Cup Plate at an international tournament held in Manchester.

The club receives funding from Southwark Alliance, Waterloo Community Regeneration Trust and North Lambeth Sports Action Zone. Sponsorship and volunteers are needed for the new season in September – if you can help, email [email protected].

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