School courts funds with marathon soccer game

Lynwood SHS soccer academy head Tony Campbell with year 7 and 8 academy students. Picture: David Baylis. www.communitypix.com.au. d494132
Lynwood SHS soccer academy head Tony Campbell with year 7 and 8 academy students. Picture: David Baylis. www.communitypix.com.au. d494132

LYNWOOD Senior High School’s soccer academy students are preparing for the game of their lives but their opponent on the day will be a tough one: their own energy levels.

More than 50 students are taking to the school’s indoor soccer court for a 24-hour game, beginning 9am on July 5 and ending a day later.

The players have been separated into two teams and will be playing in two-hour shifts throughout the marathon match, which aims to raise money for their trip to the UK later this year.

Soccer academy head Tony Campbell said it was not the first time the school had run the 24-hour game, with the inaugural event almost a decade ago.

That game ended in a cricket score of 365-360 and Campbell said while the students were excited, he was slightly daunted by the challenge of convincing tired teenagers to run around at the crack of dawn.

“The kids are looking forward to it, but it will be interesting at 4am when I’m waking them up to get on the court,” he said.

“At the start it’s fine as they’re all buzzing, but as soon as you get to 3-4am in the morning they’re a bit tired.”

A portion of the funds will go to the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

To donate, call the school.

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