Sheffield schoolboy footballer Charlie Cope’s 17 goals in 10 games

Charlie Cope
Charlie Cope

He may be only 13 years of age, but young starlet Charlie Cope is probably in the form of his life.

For the Hillsborough Pumas striker will take to the field again this weekend in remarkable form, with 17 goals in his last 10 games... and a hat-trick, or better, in the last three!

His incredible goal rush began with a hat-trick against Renishaw Rangers, before following that with a treble against Abbey Lane.

Last weekend, he topped that with four goals in a 7-2 victory away at Eckington Boys - and manager Paul Barber is understandingly delighted.

Not just that his side are winning, either.

“I set up a second Pumas team four years ago, specifically aimed at players who had never played organised football before or those who, for whatever reason, had fallen out of love with football,” he said.

“Often it was because of bad experiences with other teams, though not always. The emphasis therefore is on enjoyment, with each player getting a ‘fair’ amount of playing time.

“We try to foster a ‘team’ mentality where everyone’s important and no one player is bigger than the team.

“That said, I wouldn’t want anyone to think we don’t take it seriously!”

“This summer,” Paul continued, “we recruited nine new players, all fitting the above criteria - with Charlie being one of them.

“Charlie had previously played at a much higher level but hadn’t played for a while, and my mission was to simply get him enjoying playing again.

“At first I think he found the ethos a bit of a culture shock but he’s slowly bought into it .

“There’s still some way to go but everyone enjoys scoring goals so, by that measure, I think we’ve made considerable progress with him.

“He’s a genuinely gifted footballer with an ability to lift the team.

“He might choose to move up the League structure again at the end of the season and, if he does, then it’s mission accomplished and good luck to him.

“If he enjoys it and chooses to stay with us, then even better!”

n The Sheffield and District Junior Sunday Football League, in association with the Mark Roe Sports Physio Academy, are pleased to announce Ecclesall Rangers Under 10s are the November winners of the Twitter Sports First Aid Bag Competition.

Every month the Biggest Junior Sunday League in Europe and Mark’s Sports Physio Academy run a prize draw competition. The November prize was won by manager Kevin Hooper, whose tweet was drawn at random from a number of entries.

Kevin is pictured collecting the prize from Mark, along with players Tom Winter and Sam Hooper, on the back page.

To enter the December draw, tweet and follow @SDJSFL and @sports__physio on Twitter, mention your team name and use the hashtag #markroesportsphysio.