Leeds: The sporting Simpsons are certainly making their mark

The sporting Simpson family from Seacroft. Dad Barry, centre, with his sons, clockwise from top left, Declan (12), Dylan (13), Oliver (3) and baby Sam.

The sporting Simpson family from Seacroft. Dad Barry, centre, with his sons, clockwise from top left, Declan (12), Dylan (13), Oliver (3) and baby Sam.

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Be it rugby league or muay thai boxing – it’s all the same to one incredibly sporting Seacroft family.

With his two eldest sons excelling and two youngest champing at the bit, it’s little wonder dad of the family Barry Simpson is one proud Yorkshireman.

Simpson’s second eldest son Declan has recently been crowned Northern Area muay thai schoolboy champion which is little surprise given his family’s history.

After all, the 12-year-old’s sporting auntie, Nicola, was a world champion muay thai fighter.

But as well as being talented the Simpson family are also proving to be versatile with eldest son Dylan also excelling in rugby league.

The youngster plies his trade for East Leeds and was part of the North Leeds Schoolboys side that recently beat South Leeds Schoolboys 16-12 in a match at Headingley stadium.

Both brothers attend Corpus Christi Catholic College on Neville Road and school also beckons for three-year-old Oliver who will begin his education at Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in September.

And even before his schooling days have started, already the sporting bug has become infectious with even ten-month old brother Sam apparently showing early interest.

Father of the group Barry has his hands full but admitted: “We are certainly a very sporting family and I’m so proud of them.

“I’m so very proud of them all.

“Obviously Declan is going really well with his muay thai and Dylan is excelling at rugby league and Oliver will probably follow in Declan’s footsteps as he is training in thai boxing at the moment. He will also enter competitions soon.

“And young Sam is also getting involved after showing interest from watching his older brothers train!

“He comes to the gym with us and is less interested in games and more interested in what we do.”

Barry himself also has a sporting background – unsurprisngly – in muay thai boxing.

For wife Paula it’s the same. And now the couple have four sons all holding big ambitions for the future.

The two smallest may be too young to talk of targets but that’s not the case for Dylan or Declan.

Dylan, who played for Whinmoor Warriors for two years before moving to East Leeds, hopes to eventually turn professional in rugby league.

Muay thai champion Declan, who trains six times a week, is simply targeting as many titles as possible.

Whether it’s rugby league muay thai or otherwise, dad Barry will be fully supporting his talented sons to succeed.

Pondering the future Simpson added: “They’re all really good at what they do and I’ll back them all the way.”

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