Nine countries make up Eddystone Primary School’s dominant soccer team

Eddystone Primary School soccer team. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Eddystone Primary School soccer team. Picture: Martin Kennealey

THEY’RE kids from all corners of the globe and they make up something of an international dream team in Heathridge.

Eddystone Primary School’s soccer side features players from nine countries and recently dominated local rivals to win an inter-school competition for the third straight year.

The team has just three Australians, with the remaining footballers hailing from Iraq, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, El Salvador, Syria, Sudan and Chile.

Eddystone’s impressive soccer three-peat happened in the Ocean Side Schools Lightning Carnival.

The team netted 24 goals and conced only three across eight games.

Coach Caimin Lynch adds further international kick as an Irishman.

Lynch said the school prided itself on its inclusiveness. “Australia’s cultural diversity makes it such a great place to live and this diversity is evident in our school and in the soccer team,” he said.

“Even though we have language and cultural differences, a soccer ball gave us a common goal. The boys really encapsulate the notion of soccer being the world game.”

The students are part of the school’s Intensive English Program, which helps refugee and migrant children develop their language skills