Magic for Mill Hill as Diversity deliver

John Walsh (above, left) with members of the Mill Hill Diversity team who show off their trophy haul

John Walsh (above, left) with members of the Mill Hill Diversity team who show off their trophy haul

First published in Sport

IT has been another remarkable season for Mill Hill Diversity football team who keep on winning the trophies.

For a team that was formed just over two years ago have been crowned Lancashire champions for the second successive season.

The club held its end of season presentation at the Havelock Inn where players got the chance to show off their silverware.

As well as winning the Lancashire Football Association Abillity Counts Championship – making it two years on the trot – they also won a tournament in Harrogate which attracted teams from across the country.

They lifted another trophy the next time they were on their travels, finishing as runners-up at Lytham where they lost in a penalty shoot-out against Middlesbrough.

Mill Hill Diversity Seconds suffered a similar fate on the coast as they finished second in the plate competition.

The Second team also finished as runners-up in their division in the LFA Ability Counts League.

Last season, Diversity, set up and run by John Walsh, won their in inaugural league title to reach the grand final.

And despite having the least experience and the least number of players, Mill Hill triumphed against more established clubs – some of which were linked to professional clubs such as Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers.

The club’s ability to compete with the biggers clubs was underlined when goalkeeper Lloyd Gregson was selected for England trials.

Bill Maynard, Mill Hill’s fund raising and development officer, said the Diversity teams were a credit to the club.

“John Walsh has done an incredible job in such a small time amount of time,” said Maynard.

“It is testimony to him and his coaches that the teams have won trophies in each season.

“They are a credit to the club because they have worked very hard for what they have achieved and that effort has been rewarded.”

Maynard said it was also good to see keeper Gregson getting some national recognition.

“Lloyd’s selection for the England trials just shows how well the team has done in those two years.”

n Mill Hill FC were awarded a grant from Sport England/Lottery funding for £9,080 for their Project Mill Hill a Community coming together with Diversity.

This award is being used to further the clubs links with Diversity in Sport – and to extend its current set up through schools to encourage young people aged 11 to 15 years to get more involved in sport and football in general.

“We plan to start another age group 16 years to 18 years which will allow these young people to take the gradual step up to the open age section,” said Maynard.

“And in turn will secure the long term future of Diversity football within the club and in the town.”

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