Football club helps Ukrainian twins settle on Isle of Wight
AFTER all the upheaval of fleeing war-torn Ukraine and moving to the foreign environs of the Isle of Wight, twins Denys and Artem quickly settled into local life thanks to Newport Youth Football Club.
The eight-year-old Yershov brothers, who came to Kyiv Island with their mother Tetiana, as part of the government’s Homes for Ukraine program, had to adjust to their new way of life and culture, living in East Cowes.
Football lovers Denys and Artem were going for a walk with their mum at Wootton Rec last summer when they spotted Newport U9s having a training session.
Team manager, former Newport FC captain Martin McDonough said: “The guys were training and the two boys walked around and asked if they could participate. They were in the same group of age.
“I said to come back for the next training session the following week, they came and have been very happy with us ever since. They are two very good guys.”
Artem is their goalkeeper and Denys, a winger.
In their first games alone with the U9 team, they helped Newport win the Mark Burrows Memorial Tournament.
In the final, Artem was the hero, saving a penalty.
In a recent Isle of Wight Sunday Under-9 League match, Denys netted six times.
“The tournament was the first games they had played and they settled in very well – as if they had been there for years,” added Martin.