Imagine being invited to showcase your soccer skills at one of the world’s biggest soccer clubs?
Well, Lewiston teenager, Jordan McDonald, no longer has to dream when he heads off to London next month to take part in a West Ham United Oceania elite national soccer camp.
The 13-year-old was one of 50,000 Australian juniors who entered to take part in the camp.
After attending a four-day try-out in Melbourne last year followed by a second-stage selection trip to Queensland, Jordan is one of 30 players – and the only South Australian – to make the cut.
In his first overseas trip, he will share what he says is “a trip of a lifetime”, with family members mum, Rosie, Dad, Robert, and 17-year-old sister, Jess.
Jordan started his soccer days playing at the tender ago of four for Angle Vale Soccer Club and was quickly identified as an up-and-coming player.
Following a move to Andrews Farm, where he scored an impressive 30 goals in his team’s premiership-winning season, Jordan was soon catching the eye of Football Federation SA selectors.
He is currently playing Federation level soccer for the Patriots in the Under 15 team and considers himself a defender or mid-field player.
“I like running and I like scoring goals,” Jordan quietly said.
“I’m looking forward to the trip, it’s a big thing for all of us.”
During his eight days at the camp Jordan will take part in training, attend EPL games, go sightseeing and play matches against local English clubs.
His mum, Rosie, couldn’t be prouder, saying Jordan has worked hard at his soccer and shows great dedication and commitment to the sport.
“He reads the ball really well and is an intelligent player,” she said.
“We are all very proud of him.”
An overseas trip is an expensive exercise and the McDonald family is seeking sponsorship for Jordan from the wider community.
If you would like to help contact Rosie McDonald on 0407 621 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best Jordan.