Search

Tugas United dedicate Crown Fire League title success to young hero Diogo

23:54 29 May 2012

Tugas united with Diogo Machada

Tugas united with Diogo Machada

Archant

RISING Thetford football club Tugas United have dedicated their latest trophy to one of their junior players.

Tugas have won back to back promotions in the Crown Fire Central and South Norfolk League.

Their most dramatic success came in the season just finished, when their exploits in cup competitions left them having to play their last seven league games in two weeks to claim the title.

Now they have dedicated the triumph to one of their youth team players, 13-year-old Diogo Machado, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Club founder and chairman Joe Barreto explains: “Diogo has been a true inspiration to us all for the past couple of years.

“He has had excellent personal development and team achievements and has supported his team-mates and all other players that he has been in contact with.

“He has gained the respect of all adult and youth players with his attitude and respect, and these are only some of the reasons why everyone was shocked to hear that, after a routine hospital visit to look into some knee pain, Diogo was diagnosed with cancer.

“Obviously this is the type of news that no one should get, so Diogo is no different, but even with these adversities, he became a bigger inspiration lifting his chin and facing the future with a smile.

“His bravery, humbleness, discipline, respect and attitude to those around him are the reasons that I decided, with the unanimous support of every member of the club, to dedicate this achievement to our young hero – and to give him strength to play this very personal championship with the hope of seeing him back among us in full health.”

Barreto formed Tugas three years ago to provide a focus for some of the town’s multi-cultural community.

For the past two years their main focus has been to provide free sports and activities to younger age groups as well as the adults – and it was as result of that initiative that Diogo came to join them.

“We have players from Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Spain and many other places,” said Barreto. “But you wouldn’t notice they come from all over the world when they are together on the football pitch.”

Apart from their instant football success, which included a run to the semi-finals of the Norfolk Primary Cup final last year, Tugas are getting an international reputation.

They hosted American club Miami Lakes last year and, as a result, now have strong links which are likely to include player exchanges.

Anyone willing to consider helping Tugas with sponsorship can contact Mr Barreto at info@tugasunitedfc.com

0 comments

Other Thetford and Brandon sport

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Cricket.

The weather wreaked havoc with the schedule as all Division One fixtures fell foul of the rain, writes Mike Ridout.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Lowestoft Town, blue, and Gorleston are back in action today. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

A host of the area’s semi-professional clubs will continue their preparations for the forthcoming season this afternoon.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Mildenhall Stadium, West Row.

Mildenhall Stadium “could close” after Supreme Court judges ordered the owners to pay nearly £500,000 in costs.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Happisburg batsman Jamie Carter. Picture by Marie Meale Photography

May player-of-the-month winner Jamie Carter scored a mammoth 201 for unbeaten Happisburgh as the Division One leaders piled up 335-6 against bottom side Kirkley & Lowestoft Railway, who could only muster 190 in reply.

Most Read

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

MUNDFORD'S first team continued a strong league campaign on Saturday defeating the visitors Swardeston.

With two Alliance games to go the Stags captain Alex Bailey still holds faint hopes of stealing the final promotion spot behind Saham Toney.

Read more
Friday, July 24, 2015
Mildenhall Stadium, West Row.

Mildenhall Stadium “could close” after Supreme Court judges ordered the owners to pay nearly £500,000 in costs.

Read more
Cambridge
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Sophie McKinna in action. Picture: Tony Payne

Sophie McKinna equalled her own county record on a day of outstanding performances at the Norfolk Athletics Championship at Lynnsport, in King’s Lynn.

Read more
United Kingdom

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 17°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today E-edition