Coach "overjoyed" by under 13s football success

Date published: 12 June 2024

The head coach of an under 13s football team has spoken of his pride after his team won every single one of their games this season, doing the league and cup double.

The Bridge Falcons, who train in Bamford, were unbeaten in their North Bury Junior League matches and also won the league cup competition.

Coach Muhammed Hamzah says the young players are a really strong team who have bonded both on and off the pitch - which gives them an extra edge when playing a match.

He told Rochdale Online News: “This team was only established in 2022 so they’ve not existed long. It’s only their second competitive year in the league. For them to come out on top like this has been amazing.

“We didn’t lose a single league match. I try to instil confidence in them but also teach them not to be afraid to make a mistake. I think this has really helped them to move forwards.

“Who doesn’t take a risk doesn’t make progress.”

He added: “It’s also worth saying that the players are bonding outside of football now, they stay at each other's houses and have sleepovers. Friendships are developing which I think makes them even stronger as a team. 

“They are a really vibrant group, and are a sociable, friendly bunch. There’s a real unity about them which drives their success. Long may it continue.”

Bridge Junior Football Club has achieved FA Charter Standard (at Development level) since this accreditation standard was introduced, and required, by the FA.

They have teams at 12 age groups with 35 squads, from Under 5s up to Under 18s, and four over 16s/open age BridgeAbility teams.

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