STALYBRIDGE Celtic Juniors’ U9s Blue and Whites made the trip of a lifetime to Portugal to take part in the Europa Cup on June 9/10.
After months of fundraising that included supermarket bag packs, raffles and special events, the team flew from Manchester Airport to Lisbon for the two-day Europa Cup competition held at Benfica’s Estádio da Luz Stadium.
The trip, which took months of planning and preparation by the team’s volunteer coaches Ali Rehman, Eddie Norton and Jonny Pritchard, was a huge success.
The players got to train at Benfica’s training complex before playing games inside the 65,000 seat stadium.
After making it through to the knockout stages of the competition, they were unlucky to finish runners-up in the Europa Cup Plate competition.
After leading the game their opponents equalised deep into added time which forced the game to penalties which they lost.
The trip is sure to have made fantastic memories for the coaches, the players and their families who travelled with them. Next year it’s the turn of the current U8s to make the same trip.
Stalybridge Celtic Juniors has again achieved FA Charter Standard Development Club status, making the club one of the best in the country.
This is a huge achievement and is thanks to the tireless amount of work put in by volunteers throughout the year, especially in this case club secretary Carl Whitehead, club welfare officer Nic Jackson and club chairman Garry Pearce.
In June, Celtic Juniors began a new session at their Mossley Road Soccer Centre, solely for girls aged between 7-11 who want to get involved in playing football. The session got off to a great start with 12 players taking part.
Girls of all abilities can turn up and play without booking between 10.30am to noon every Saturday morning.