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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Senrab are one of the most successful Sunday League teams from Newham, but they might have some competition on their hands in the form of the latest team over at Wanstead Flats, the under-15 Newham Dragons, set up by Kiernan Hughes-Mason, a semi-professional footballer.
Hughes-Mason, a University of East London student last year, is being assisted by UEL Sports Club Development officer Craig Martin-Heskey in helping create a club for the community which will help to get kids off the streets. It will also give them an opportunity to make it as a professional footballer.
On emulating Senrab, who have produced the likes of John Terry, Jermain Defoe and Sol Campbell, Martin-Heskey said: “We don’t want to just match what they have done, but better it. It is a work in progress and something that will take us years.
“And it is not just about getting them into it as a professional, but what they can learn out of it as human beings.
“But who knows, we could be up there with the Senrabs, the Prostars and the other teams from around this area.”
Despite only being established in June, the club has already had various success stories with one youngster due to go on trial with League One’s Leyton Orient and others approached by Premier League side Norwich City.
Hughes-Mason added: “We have had a few players scouted by pro clubs. I told the boys from day one if I think they are good enough or they are playing well enough there are links to academies and pro clubs.
“That is four boys now that have been looked at by Norwich so it is all part of the plan.”
Hughes-Mason and Martin-Heskey will look to expand the club as much as they can and have a Director of football in place.
“Craig and I have got big plans of what we want to do,” said Hughes-Mason. “Next year we are looking to add another team and then as time moves on get the babies in, the under-sevens, the under-eights and build it from there.”
And on aims for the rest of the season, Hughes-Mason said: “Top three of the East London and Essex under-15 and the +16 Junior Football League, and we are sitting third so the aim is on, but after seeing other teams play we can win the league.”
Based on their success already, you wouldn’t bet against them achieving that goal.
For more information on the Newham Dragons visit http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/newhamcity/