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Hockey: Young captain Williams relishing Redbridge & Ilford challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 September 2019

Redbridge & Ilford's men face the camera

Redbridge & Ilford's men face the camera

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Redbridge & Ilford roots stretch all the way back to 1906, with the start of Ilford Hockey Club.

Redbridge & Ilford Hockey Club's Chris Allen and Archie WilliamsRedbridge & Ilford Hockey Club's Chris Allen and Archie Williams

Now boasting three men and three women's teams, indoor teams, a mixed team and junior section, the club will field possibly their youngest men's captain this season.

Archie Williams is only 17 and will lead the club in East Division Three, saying: "It makes me feel privileged that I've been asked at such a young age to captain the mens ones for Redbridge.

"It's an accomplishment to me and has made my parents proud of me as well.

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"I think I will bring a new and different style to being captain and have more of a fresh mind, I will also take this role on at its fullest and the most and best I can."

Williams joined the club at the age of nine and is looking to build a winning mentality, adding: "I am looking forward to playing games and most importantly winning games. I want it to be a very successful season for the team and hope we can do the best.

"The best thing I have experienced is when I played in a team which went the whole season unbeaten and winning the league. The whole team deserved it very much as everyone did as much as they could."

For anyone thinking of joining a local club, Williams sings the praises of his own, adding: "We are a very friendly club, and anyone is welcome. You don't have to have any experience playing hockey just come down and give it a go. We will always help anyone and make anyone that is new feel welcome and part of the team."

The Redbridge women's first team are gearing up for a new East Two South West season and anyone who might be interested in joining can finnd the club on facebook and Instagram.

They train on Wednesdays at Redbridge Sports Centre in Fairlop from 6-7pm (minis), 7-8pm (Back to Hockey) and 8-9pm (adults).

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