A talented footballer became the youngest player ever to take the field for a regional community side at a high-profile event.
Harri Jackson, a Year 11 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, has been training with the North Wales Dragons over the last year after originally assisting within the set-up aged 13 as part of his Duke of Edinburgh volunteering, with father Phil also playing a prominent role in the team’s success over the last decade.
They recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of their inaugural game, and Harri travelled to Cardiff with the squad to compete at the Charity Champions League tournament on June 28.
The competition, which was organised by Gobaith Cymru FC., was a tremendous success and raised a considerable amount for the British Liver Trust.
They began the tournament in fine fashion with a comfortable 3-0 win over Coity Nolton Brackla, and this was followed by a tremendous 3-1 triumph over the tournament hosts.
The searing heat made things difficult in their third fixture against Green Machine, with the Dragons’ eventually falling to a narrow 1-0 reverse, but their first two victories ensured qualification to the knockout stages.
The squad turned on the style once again to come away with a 3-1 success over Battling, booking their place in the semi-final against Rhondda and District Premier League side Tonyrefail Welfare.
Nothing could separate the two sides in a closely fought contest, with the Dragons eventually falling to a 3-2 penalty shootout defeat to exit the competition.
They eventually finished in third position overall as a result of their efforts, with Harri playing a key role in their success despite his relative inexperience in a competitive environment.