Yamba students head away for Liverpool FC program
SOCCER: There must be something in the water at Yamba Public School, with the news four ambitious students have been accepted into a prestigious soccer program with the Liverpool Football Club's International Academy in Lismore.
River Robinson, 9, Harley Walters, 10, and 12-year-olds Connor Bridges and Cameron Varcoe have all received their acceptances after five days of try-outs, and a nervous wait.
"It was nerve-racking, but it was also very, very fun,” River said.
They will now travel to Lismore every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening to participate in the program.
Run in partnership with Southern Cross University, it is the first of its kind in Australia and a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for the Yamba boys who live and breathe the game.
They were all quick to name their favourite players; Neymar, Catitino, Bale and Zlatan.
For Cameron, the game is in his blood.
The 12-year-old moved to Australia from England when he was four, and grew up with a soccer-mad family.
River's mother Buffy Robinson said families came from all over the country so their children could participate in the program.
"It is very exciting and as parents we believe it is a real privilege for our children to be selected and to be able to be a part of something that is so special so close to our doorstep,” she said.
Liverpool International Academy NSW general manager Scott Collis said it was an amazing achievement for so many students from the one small school to be chosen.
"There were 250 children from all over the North Coast who trialled for positions in the academy, of which 130 were selected,” Collis said.
"It's a really fantastic achievement and there are obviously some very dedicated and committed young players and their families willing to come up from Yamba,” he said.
"Maybe we need to go and do some coaching there because there's obviously something good going on.”