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YFF League celebrates successful season

After a successful first season, PL Kicks’ Young Fire Fighter (YFF) League culminated last Sunday with a tournament to crown the champions.

Launched by Angel Rangel at the beginning of the year, the League saw Young Fire Fighter schemes from across South West Wales take part in monthly events where teams would compete against each other in an array of fire drills and football skills.

Aiming to help recruit young people onto the YFF Project and to aid the fire services to reduce arson in Mid and West Wales, the league was a partnership between the Swans Community Trust’s PL Kicks project and the Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

“We began this tournament to give Fire Cadets the chance to showcase their fire fighting and football skills at different fire stations,” said Liam Ellis of PL Kicks.

 “The final marked the end of the YFF League, which we launched back in January,” Liam continued. “Teams from all over took part in the league throughout the season with over 50 participants involved.”

Held at Baglan Boys and Girls Club, the Final saw eight teams come together to compete in seven minute long matches to determine an ultimate winner with those topping the groups progressing to the knock out stages, and those missing out battling it out in their own knock-out games and Final.

The team from Morriston went up against Abercrave Youth in a hard fought Final that saw Morriston go 2-1 up before Abercrave overturned the deficit to ensure the top spot 4-2.

In the runners-up Final, Pembroke Dock went head to head with Cymmer, which saw the latter win 4-1 thanks to some help from Club Ambassador, Lee Trundle, who dusted off his daps when one of Cymmer’s players went down with an injury in the Semi-Final.

“Our partnership with the Mid and West Fire Service and the introduction of the YFF League has been a great success,” said Ian Owen, Kicks’ Co-ordinator. “I am really impressed by the way the young fire fighters conduct themselves and to see these young people involved in such a scheme is fantastic,” he finished.

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