With the English Premier League entering its final weekend, all eyes will be on those teams fighting to avoid the dreaded drop to the Championship, now that Chelsea have secured first place. However, the Blues are not the only club to have claimed top honours, with one Solihull youth team also enjoying footballing success this season.

Solihull Saints U9s team has displayed similar levels of consistency to the EPL champions, winning the majority of their 28 matches in the Central Warwickshire Youth Football League and enjoying victory in the winter and spring Cup Finals, led by Pete Kennedy Manager and Coach and assisted by Vince Smallbone.

Home-grown talent

Unlike its giant London counterpart, however, Solihull Saints U9s have not relied on exorbitant overseas transfers to achieve success on the pitch. With a commitment to developing home-grown talent and moulding a squad based on the principle of teamwork, the club has successfully nurtured a group of players who have played together since the age of five. Not even Diego Costa or Cesc Fàbrigas can boast this.

FLR Group: an active partner

League title-winning teams need high quality pitches upon which to play; FLR Group are delighted to have been able to work in partnership with Solihull Saints to help provide them with top class facilities for many years – in fact, since both of the owners’ sons represented the club on the pitch!

Early seasons were hampered by the pitch – at St Alphege Junior School – becoming regularly saturated after rainfall, making play impossible and leading to the postponement of matches. FLR Group stepped in, not only arranging for undersoil drainage to be installed but also supplying new goal posts and a container in which the team could store equipment. FLR Group has also acted as the team’s sponsor every season.

FLR Group – a leading supplier and installer of flooring solutions in domestic and commercial properties – is proud to be associated with Solihull Saints and looks forward to the team’s continued success.

If you would like to enrol your reception or year one child with Solihull Saints, please contact Pete Kennedy on 07966 220022.