Cockburn’s Charlie Watts wins Tim Cahill Scholarship, could train at Man City

Cockburn City player Georgia Brown, Socceroo Tim Cahill and scholarship winner Charlie Watt.
Cockburn City player Georgia Brown, Socceroo Tim Cahill and scholarship winner Charlie Watt.

COCKBURN City talent Charlie Watt says being crowned one of two inaugural winners of the Foxtel All-Stars Tim Cahill Scholarship will be “life changing”.

The English-born striker, alongside Lani Johnson (Cherrybrook, NSW), held off 22 other Australian teenagers to claim the scholarship.

Included is ongoing mentoring from Socceroos forward Tim Cahill, football fees for a year, New Balance kit, and overseas training at an English Premier League (EPL) club, among other goodies.

The Willetton resident (15) said guidance from one of Australia’s most experienced stars and the chance to train with an EPL club, likely Manchester City, would be massive to him achieving his dream of becoming a professional player.

“It’s life changing,” he said.

“I haven’t had much sleep lately. I just want to train every day and be as prepared as I can for what’s next.”

Watt and Lani were chosen after taking part in the Foxtel All-Stars Ambitions Tour in January.

The five-day camp put youngsters through their paces with a mix of intensive training sessions, seminars, and meet-and-greets.

Fellow Cockburn City player Georgia Brown also took part in the training, but missed out on the scholarship.