St Austell six-a-side football team, Revo, won a national competition with Alfasilver, a spray that treats minor injuries, to train and play with England’s Six-A-Side Socca Team. Non-league side Revo, who support the charity Meningitis Research, entered the competition on Facebook in December 2018 and beat 207 other teams to claim the title.
The Revo team, made up of 12 players and captained by David Waters, travelled to Birmingham University’s football ground in Edgbaston this week. Here they met and trained with the England Socca side under the watchful eye of legendary new manager, ex-Manchester United and Aston Villa boss, Ron Atkinson.
The England Six-A-Side football team is part of The International Soccer Federation, which operates international small-sided football competitions for both national and club teams in the formats of 5,6, 7 and 8-a-side football. Captain David Waters, 24, says, “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to play with England’s national Socca team and would like to thank everyone who liked our Facebook post that ultimately led to our win. “Players Mike, Matt, Dan Nathan and I are all Manchester United fans so we were even more excited to learn Big Ron is the England Socca Team’s new manager and couldn’t wait to meet him.
Revo has never had a manager but maybe we can pick up some tips from him and the England coach on how to improve our positioning at 6 a side. “When we bought our new football strip last year, dark purple shirts with white arrows, we decided to add the Meningitis Research logo.
I had meningitis as a child and the amazing NHS team at Treliske hospital, along with the incredible work the charity do, helped save my life and we hope to raise awareness and ultimately money for Meningitis Research.” Alfasilver is available to purchase in-store at Tesco, Lloyds Pharmacy, Weldrick’s, FirstAid4Sport and Boots online.