A FAMILY environment has contributed to one of the success stories of the season in the Gosport & Fareham League.
Youngstars Yellow have had great fun on court, winning all of their 14 matches on the way to the division six title.
It has only taken a short time to forge such a close bond between all the players.
Crucially, the family connections within the ranks have helped to create a winning formula.
Team captain Jennifer Rynn said: ‘This season has been amazing! All the girls have improved individually as well as bonding with each other.
‘Everyone is so nice to each other and they all have smiles on their faces when they are playing which is fantastic.
‘We started, basically, because we all wanted to play together.
‘Many of the girls became close and wanted to play together so we created a team.
‘We’re a family team made up of two pairs of sisters, a cousin, and a mother and daughter.’
With the maximum 56 points gained and a goal difference of plus 304, Rynn is grateful to have had such a fine team to work with.
They have performed to a high standard all season and enjoyed great support along the way.
‘I couldn’t ask for a better team and family and friends,’ added Rynn.
‘All of our parents stand on the side-line together, cheering us on which is great and really gives us a boost.’
Manager Kelly Hayward is delighted with the way the girls have performed in their first season together:
She said: ‘I’m really pleased they have done so well and feel very privileged to have overseen their new venture.
‘They are a lovely group of young ladies and have a fantastic attitude, on and off court.’
Yellow weren’t the only team from Youngstars to make their mark.
Their achievements in winning their division were matched by Youngstars Blue, who also remained unbeaten in division four to gain promotion.
Meanwhile, Youngstars White finished a respectable fourth in division one and Youngstars Red came an impressive fourth in division two.
Hayward revealed the club have had to dig in to earn their success despite being hit by injuries.
She said: ‘It has been a fantastic season for Youngstars, although we have been plagued by injury.
‘Here’s to another successful season.’