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Football: Eagles have landed on feet.

HAVING swooped for the Easter Egg cup to top off a remarkable year of progress, the KYPC Eagles hope to get their new campaign off to a flyer.

In February 2006, UEFA B coach Chris Davison took on a group of six to eight-year-olds with little footballing experience under his wing.

Such was the enthusiasm of the North Tyneside team, however, they went on to enter the Datastor Killingworth Mini League's Under-Eight Mini Soccer Division under the name KYPC.

The team won six of their nine matches and finished the autumn season in third.

They changed their name to the KYPC Eagles after young player Cameron Bee decided the team name lacked sting - and they have been flying high ever since.

Cameron's dad Steve then took over the team for their Winter League campaign, having obtained his Level 1 FA coaching badge.

There was certainly a buzz about Bee junior as his 18 goals guided the team to joint third after a run of eight wins and one draw.

Top marksman Josh Smith finished the season with 26 goals, then helped his side target the Easter Egg Cup, a tournament set up in aid of charity.

Egged on by parents, the team rounded off a tremendous year by winning the under-eight competition.

Following a marvellous first season, raising money for charity in the process, the Eagles are now ready for kick-off in the Under-Nine Mini-Soccer League.

As well as Bee and Smith, the high-flying Eagles consist of Kieren Atkinson, David Cardwell, Reece Charlton, Thomas Ellis, Ross Fairley, Ronan Heppell-Hardy, Tom Howitt, Joe Sweeney and Ben Walker.

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GOING DUTCH: Whitley Bay Under-15s, pictured (left) in strips provided by sponsors E Turnbull and Son Ltd, were group cup winners in the Netherlands Youth Football Tournament; FLYING EAGLES: The KYPC Eagles squad celebrate their success in their first full season as a competitive team
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 28, 2007
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