A team of young football players are celebrating an 'invincible' unbeaten season - just a year after their team was formed. 

Swanton Morley's Under-10s went invincible for the season were confirmed as having won the Norfolk Youth Combination UPP trophy on April 29.

Mark Hewitt, head coach, and assistant Alex Kozakiewicz and they were proud of the team, which recorded only four draws on their way to beating Horsford Harriers 1-0 in a closely contested final - with the winner being scored by Hadley Lima-Hewitt, Mr Hewitt's son.  

Mr Hewitt said: “For me, there is nothing more significant than coaching children in football.

Dereham Times: Swanton Morley U-10s head coach, Mark Hewitt (left) and his assistant Alex KozakiewiczSwanton Morley U-10s head coach, Mark Hewitt (left) and his assistant Alex Kozakiewicz (Image: Ana Lima-Hewitt)

“I see it as an outreach, with the ups and down a season can offer to help shape a child. This year we went from strength to strength and I’m so proud of them because without them, I and Alex would not be successful.

“We love to put a smile on children's faces, this season’s result is testimony to the parents, coaches, and players.”

Mr Hewitt, 52, played football until he was 36 when a bad leg break called full-time on his playing days.

Both Mr Hewitt and Mr Kozakiewicz watched their sons progress through the football club and saw the need for it to have a third team, and jumped at the opportunity to put one together.

Dereham Times: The Swanton Morley U-10 side in a hurdle The Swanton Morley U-10 side in a hurdle (Image: Ana Lima-Hewitt)

“I’ve always dreamed to coach youngsters, always in my heart, I cannot tell you why just something I’ve always wanted to do,” Mr Hewitt added.

“What I’m most pleased about is the memories it's created, this season will always stick in my mind forever, and hopefully the players too, regardless of what happens next.”

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