ARMADALE teenager Vaughan Audrain has won a three-year scholarship to attend a university in the United States to help achieve his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.
The Kelmscott Roos midfielder has been playing soccer since he was about four years old and was successful in gaining the scholarship with sports talent scouting company NSR Australia after completing a trial selection process through Football West.
The organisation recruits Australian and New Zealand student-athletes and promotes them to more than 2500 universities in the US.
Vaughan is excited about the opportunity and if he gets to the US, hopes to catch the eye of soccer talent scouts.
“Hopefully I’ll get scouted, that’s the dream,” he said.
He has played for several clubs, including Forrestfield, Armadale and Kelmscott and was also a member of the Football West Academy and high performance academy.
As well as being a good soccer player, he is also a self-taught singer and guitarist, playing indie rock and acoustic, and is hoping to also obtain a music scholarship.
Vaughan (17) is in Year 12 at Cecil Andrews Senior High School and is studying a Certificate II in music and production and design.
Vaughan and his parents, Peter and Anita, have embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise $7000 to get him stateside.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to study music, while playing soccer for a university,” Mrs Audrain said.
She said his tuition, accommodation, food and equipment were already paid.
“We just need to cover airfares, medical insurance and fees,” she said.
He will also need to obtain sponsorship and raise money when he is in the US to help fund his fees.
“We would love to give him this opportunity, but cannot afford it on our own,” Mrs Audrain said.
He is set to find out which university he will be going to later this year.
“The universities will see if he fits in with what they need, and study music as well,” Mrs Audrain said.
“Then he will get a choice to pick from and we should find out in about October or November.”
Mr Audrain said it was up to Vaughan to get sponsorship and raise money when he was in the US.
“He has to do a lot of work and he also has to do well academically,” he said.
“We are trying to get the funds to give him an incredible opportunity.”