Schol­ar­ship gets duo on train to Glory

Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

TWO girls soc­cer play­ers from the east­ern sub­urbs will get the chance to train with the Perth Glory W-League team this sea­son after they were re­warded with a new schol­ar­ship.

Bayswa­ter res­i­dent Mor­gan Aquino and Lexie Moreno, of Dianella, joined three other Na­tional Train­ing Cen­tre (NTC) play­ers who re­ceived the first Foot­ball West Fe­male Young Tal­ented Player Schol­ar­ships.

The girls will train along­side Glory’s elite player group, headed by cap­tain and Matil­das star Sam Kerr.

The schol­ar­ship will pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for the play­ers to cover costs and travel ex­penses dur­ing the sum­mer.

Foot­ball West chief ex­ec­u­tive James Cur­tis said the schol­ar­ships pro­vided im­por­tant recog­ni­tion to tal­ented play­ers with the po­ten­tial to play in the WLeague.

“The Foot­ball West Fe­male Young Player Schol­ar­ships recog­nise each player’s com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing and ded­i­ca­tion to the sport in the hope that they will con­tinue to play the game and, per­haps, one day pull on a Perth Glory shirt or even play for the Matil­das in fu­ture,” he said.

Glory coach Bobby Despo­tovski said the pro­gram would help the girls im­prove as play­ers and show them stan­dards they needed to meet to take their game to the next level, as well as meet­ing the club’s ob­jec­tives.

“The pro­gram pro­vides the girls with a great op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther their ca­reers and it pro­vides us with the op­por­tu­nity to main­tain our club’s com­mit­ment to nur­tur­ing lo­cal WA ta­lent,” he said.

Pic­ture: Fo­toenzo

Mor­gan Aquino, Abbey Meakins, Natasha Rigby, Sam Kerr, Is­abella Fo­letta and Lexie Moreno.

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