Heathridge’s ju­nior soc­cer team with an in­ter­na­tional kick

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THEY’RE kids from all cor­ners of the globe and they make up some­thing of an in­ter­na­tional dream team in Heathridge.

Ed­dy­s­tone Pri­mary School’s soc­cer side fea­tures play­ers from nine coun­tries and re­cently dom­i­nated lo­cal ri­vals to win an in­ter-school com­pe­ti­tion for the third straight year.

The team has just three Aus­tralians, with the re­main­ing foot­ballers hail­ing from Iraq, Ja­pan, Malaysia, Thai­land, El Sal­vador, Syria, Su­dan and Chile.

Ed­dy­s­tone’s im­pres­sive soc­cer three-peat hap­pened in the Ocean Side Schools Light­ning Car­ni­val.

The team net­ted 24 goals and conced only three across eight games.

Coach Caimin Lynch adds fur­ther in­ter­na­tional kick as an Ir­ish­man.

Lynch said the school prided it­self on its in­clu­sive­ness. “Aus­tralia’s cul­tural di­ver­sity makes it such a great place to live and this di­ver­sity is ev­i­dent in our school and in the soc­cer team,” he said.

“Even though we have lan­guage and cul­tural dif­fer­ences, a soc­cer ball gave us a com­mon goal. The boys re­ally en­cap­su­late the no­tion of soc­cer be­ing the world game.”

The stu­dents are part of the school’s In­ten­sive English Pro­gram, which helps refugee and mi­grant chil­dren de­velop their lan­guage skills

d484406 Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Ed­dy­s­tone Pri­mary School’s cham­pion soc­cer team.

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