MEMBERS of Southside Lions Football Club are once again sure to be among the front-runners for further recognition at this year’s Gloucestershire Media Sports Awards.
Last year one of their star players Callum Morrissey was named Young Footballer of the Year and he will be out to defend his title this time around.
He fought off competition from team-mates George Cuzner and Alex Schofield 12 months ago, as well as Max Broothwood of Eckington Juniors.
The majority of the Southside team stem from Warden Hill Primary School in Cheltenham and have been together for five years.
In their first season (2012/13) the boys won the Cheltenham Youth League in an unbeaten season long run and got to the cup final at Whaddon Road losing to Leckhampton.
The 2013/14 was an even more successful one with a small squad of 10 doing the double by becoming league and cup champions.
As well as being in the hunt for individual honours, Southside have been put forward for Junior Team of the year.
A club spokesman said: “Their success is a huge achievement especially considering they are from such a small catchment area of Warden Hill and Hatherley.
“They have also won local tournaments and even as far a field as the Stratford Town tournament beating the Coventry champions.
“All the boys work really hard and play their own important part in the team without any superstars.
“Their strong team spirit is enforced by the fact they are all really good friends.
“They all have a strong sense of team and club spirit, taking part in fund raising events.”
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