EDGEWATER Woodvale Junior Football Club has made history thanks to star player Jacob Farrow.
Jacob has been selected in the School Sport WA boys 12 years Aussie Rules football squad for the upcoming national championships and, at age 10, is the youngest player to represent WA in the competition that has been running since 2010.
While most of the team are 12-year-old students in Year 7, the Edgewater Primary School student is only in Year 5.
More than 500 kids tried out for the squad that will head to Canberra next month, with the extensive selection process starting in March.
Born in the UK, Jacob moved with his family to Australia a few years ago and fell in love with football almost immediately.
His parents soon followed, volunteering as Auskick coordinators and his dad Haydn is now the Edgewater Woodvale club president.
“Jacob’s teachers, club football teammates, friends and family are all extremely proud of him and his recent achievement,” Mr Farrow said.
“It’s a dream come true for Jacob and an incredible opportunity for him to represent his school and junior club.”
A dedicated Fremantle Dockers supporter, Farrow says his hero is Nat Fyfe, who he has modelled his game after.
However, football talent also runs deep in the family, with Jacob’s brother Noah’s selected in the squad two years ago.
Jacob has received a small donation from Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton to help with some of the costs of the trip to Canberra.
She said Jacob was a “great example for other young people to follow”.
“He has a dream and is working hard to reach it,” she said.
“I know Jacob has put in a lot of effort to achieve selection for the state squad.”
Edgewater Woodvale Junior Football Club has teams from Auskick through to opens.