A new football team has thrashed the West Yorkshire Fire Service in a friendly match to mark the beginning of the season.
Ovenden Phoenix, who formed at the beginning of this year, scored one goal after another and walked away with an 8-1 victory.
The newly established team was started by the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative after it had been noticed that the young men had been using football pitches around the area, without permission, to play the sport often finding themselves in trouble.
After noticing the eagerness the group had to play, a training of 45 young men, aged 16-25, from Illingworth, Mixenden and Ovenden was started.
Karen Scanlon, of the Ovenden and Mixenden Intiative, said: “They are a serious bunch of lads and are going to do very well.”
The firefighters, who have been involved with the team since the start, presented the team with a football kit at the beginning of the match.
Dom Furby, Station Commander of Illingworth, Todmorden and Mytholmroyd, said: “It is going really well and I cannot wait to see what they do this season.”
Angela Williams, Dsitrict Commander of Calderdale, has been working with colleagues to support the team as much as possible and donated money from the crime fund, taken from criminals, for the new kit.
“There is a really good feeling about being part of a team and that is the important thing. They are committed to doing well.”
Ovenden Phoenix were presented with their first trophy to mark the beginning of a hopeful season, that begins on August 31.
For more information on the team and their upcoming season, visit Ovenden Phoenix on Facebook.