Lola Anderson and Jimmy Watt have front-footed their ambition to become professional football players by making the cut for the WAIBOP boys’ and girls’ squads respectively.
Lola Anderson and Jimmy Watt want to be professional football players when they’re older.
Lola, 11, and 12-year-old Jimmy are inching closer to that dream after being named in the boys and girls WAIBOP squads competing in the Weir Rose Bowl Tournament in September.
The prestigious tournament has been running for over 60 years and is recognised as one the the best development tournaments for school-aged players.
Lola and Jimmy, who both play for the Whangamata¯ Junior Soccer Club, will represent Waikato and the Bay of Plenty as they compete against representative teams from all over the North Island.
Whangamata¯ Soccer coach Dave Heads says it’s a massive achievement for the pair and their teammates.
“The whole team has worked so hard,” he says. Lola and Jimmy both travelled to Cambridge and Rotorua for trials and extra training.
“They’ve got in the team because of their determination and love for the sport.”
Jimmy and Lola both say they were “pretty happy” to be named recently. And through rainstorms and sickness, you’ll catch them kicking a ball around every day until they make it professionally.
Lola Anderson and Jimmy Watt have their eye on the ball and both want to play for the big league in the future.