A SCHOOL boy, 8, has won a national award in the world of football.

Teddy Keeler, a student at St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Kirkby Lonsdale, has made his mark by winning the National Finals of the Junior Premier League with his teammates from Soccerhub.

The Junior Premier League is England’s only National league for youth players from U7 to U18 and is the largest league in the country with over 25,000 players.

Teddy and his team competed against 4 other regional winners at Warwick University and emerged victorious, bringing home the national title.

In addition to the team's success, Teddy was also awarded the player of the tournament award, a welldeserved recognition for his hard work and dedication.

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When asked about his achievement, Teddy said: "I'm really happy I won the award as I tried my hardest and have been training a lot. My teammates did too, we all did."

Teddy's mum, Laura Keeler, who was there to support the team, shared her joy, saying: "We are all so incredibly proud of the boys. They thoroughly deserved to win the national title. They are such a wonderful team and so supportive of each other. It has been a nerve-wracking journey, but win, lose, or draw, we are always proud of their perseverance and attitude towards the game."

The team were cheered on by their coaches, Jordan and Craig who organised a celebration for the boys at their training session this week.

The team's journey to the national title started in April when they won their regional league. Their performance earned them a place in the finals.

After a dominant 4-0 win in the first game, the team drew the second game and ultimately clinched the national title.

The Junior Premier League is now 11 years old. For more details visit their website here.