RYLANDS FC's under-9s football team climbed Snowdon last month to raise money to purchase a defibrillator.

Despite extreme weather conditions, the group of young boys made the climb to the summit of the mountain, which took them over five hours to reach.

The boys, alongside head coach Jack Price, made the climb on Saturday, June 25.

Jack said: "It was horrible for us adults never mind the group of 8-9-year-olds.

After seeing hundreds of people turn around after being defeated by the weather, I gave the team the option of joining them -  I was told 'we haven't come this far to turn around'."

The boys, who are pupils of schools including St Margaret's, Bewsey Lodge, Locking Stumps, and St. Peter's, were motivated to tackle the challenge after seeing Christian Eriksen suffer cardiac arrest at the Euros last year.

Jack said: "90 per cent of cardiac arrests in young athletes happen during or immediately after exercise and sadly, is the most common cause of death in young sports people.

"Having a defibrillator on hand can increase the chances of survival to between 50-70 per cent."

Members of the under-9s team said: "It was amazing and I would love to do it again but without the bad weather I'm proud of everyone it was very tough."

One boy summed up the experience in simpler terms: "I feel really happy for doing it, but never want to do it again."