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Futsal: England youth Liam Hunt thankful to Genesis coach Trevor Tamatave and family after making under-19s bow

PUBLISHED: 13:30 08 March 2018

Genesis youngster Liam Hunt faces the camera next to his England shirt (pic: Henrique De Carmo).

Genesis youngster Liam Hunt faces the camera next to his England shirt (pic: Henrique De Carmo).

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The teen played for England under-19s in their first-ever international games last week and he has acknowledged those who have helped him

The England under-19s squad, including Liam Hunt (14),  face the camera with their coaches (pic: Mandy Hunt).The England under-19s squad, including Liam Hunt (14), face the camera with their coaches (pic: Mandy Hunt).

Liam Hunt has praised the influence of Genesis coach Trevor Tamatave after making his international debut last weekend.

The Reigate College pupil was part of the England under-19 team which travelled to the Netherlands to play their first-ever international futsal games.

Hunt has been a regular for Genesis this season in the National Super League and despite the University of East London club struggling in the division, the experienced their 17-year-old has picked up has been invaluable.

When reflecting on his weekend away with the England under-19s, where they defeated the Netherlands 4-2 and 3-1 respectively at the Dutch national football centre in Zeist, the talented futsal player discussed the key people behind his international bow.

“Trevor has been a major part of my success, as have my family,” said Hunt this week, after returning to the UK.

“Trevor has always been the one pushing me further and he put me into the Genesis squad and got me minutes in games to develop me further.

“Alongside the coaching and mentoring from the experienced players, Trevor has always played a big part in my futsal since I joined.

“I am most grateful to my family too; they have always travelled to games and camps with me whenever I needed it.

“My brother and sister follow me around more than I would like for them to have to and I am beyond thankful for their support on game days.”

After playing for his country last weekend, Hunt returns to domestic action on Sunday as Genesis host York City at the University of East London.

The National Super League clash kicks-off at 5.50pm and the hosts will be desperate to pick up a much-needed victory.

Genesis are bottom of the 12-team table on eight points, but a victory over ninth-placed York would see them move to within a point of Sunday’s opponents.

Hunt added: “Genesis have always been my priority and the focus, hard work and progression made at the club is what made the opportunity possible for me.

“I will always put in 100 per cent effort when it comes to Genesis no matter what my position with the national team is.”

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