Life goals

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.

Coastal News - - Front Page - By AMY DI­A­MOND [email protected]­news.co.nz

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.

PHOTO / AMY DI­A­MOND

Lola An­der­son and Jimmy Watt have their eye on the ball and both want to play for the big league in the fu­ture.

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