“The bond the team had is like nothing you have ever seen.”

He said: “It started with taking her over to the park for a kickaround, and now she’s excelling.

“The girls are now looking to represent Southend at the Aces National Tournament after reaching the semis last year.”

 
 
 

Tony gave special praise to team captain, Jasmine Addington, 13, who “never runs out of steam” and adds that the team working together is the only reason they have achieved such great success.