Hawley Raiders are a group of four football teams of U9’s that play in the East Berkshire League and are achieving enormous success. Remaining unbeaten in their U7 and U8 seasons, they were the proud winners of the U7 and U8 League Cups, they won the Sandhurst Summer and pre-season tournaments for U7 and U8, the Ascot Summer tournament for U7 and U8, as well as the Eversley and California U8 tournaments and the Eldon Celtic Summer and pre-season tournaments for U7 and U8. Sponsors Falcon Pools, are delighted for the players.
Hawley Raiders coach, Danny Allsopp, explains that Falcon Pools’ sponsorship has been a huge boost to these young footballers. He said: ‘Because we’re a grassroots club, parents have to contribute to pay for transportation, equipment etc. Falcon’s sponsorship has enabled the Hawley Raiders to enjoy first-rate kit that helps the boys stay comfortable and dry during training in bad weather and ensures that the boys look professional and as a team when they travel.’
‘It’s not easy to get this sort of sponsorship as a grassroots team. Advertisers don’t tend to see the value in supporting teams such as ours. The sponsorship we receive from Falcon Pools is a fantastic goodwill gesture that we really appreciate.’
The professionalism and high standards of the Hawley Raiders has seen several boys who started playing at U5 with the Raiders go on to be selected to play Academy football: Albert George Stewart and Max Winning from the U7 team have been signed by Southampton; Alfy Fittal has been signed by Watford; and Kaden Allsopp was approached by a number of teams, including Arsenal and Chelsea, before signing to Reading. Three further players are on trial at QPR.
Danny Allsopp commented: ‘The case of Alfy Fittal is really interesting as he was an outfield player at U7 but then decided to go into goal. This was a great choice for him and led to his signing with Watford.’
The incredible success of the Hawley Raiders is a tremendous testament to the work of Danny Allsopp and the hard work and determination of the young footballers that he coaches. Falcon Pools wish them continued success and are very proud partners.