MEADOW Spring’s soccer prodigy, 10-year-old Phoenix Parsons, hopes to raise $19,000 to fund two international soccer-related trips.
The South Coast Baptist College student, who is a rare left-footer, was selected to represent the Australian team for the Juventus Academy World Cup Tournament in Torino, Italy this June.
Phoenix’s mother Courtney said her son was one of 22 kids who qualified to play at the international junior competition.
The mother-of-three said her son would also attend a trip to England in September to train with Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea.
“The Italy trip would cost $9000 and I’ve raised $7600 through kind donations of family and friends and a heap of fundraising – I have $1400 left to raise” she said.
“The trip to England is what I really need to raise for, and I’m hoping to fund a total of $10,000.”
Phoenix started playing soccer at five years old and trains six days a week, four hours a day, before, during or after school.
The Year 5 student said the money raised would help his dreams come true.
“One day I want to be a professional football player and play for the Premier League or La Liga (Spain) league,” he said.
A single parent and stay at home mum, Ms Parsons said she would raise the money through fundraising events like sausage sizzles in Smart Street Mall, a raffle, chocolate sales and a GoFundMe page.
“I funded my own fees so my fare is sorted,” she said.
Ms Parsons said it was difficult to come up with the funds on her own.
“If these kinds of opportunities come up for your kids you want to do anything you can to make that happen,” she said.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him and a little bit of help would be really good.”
To help Phoenix on his journey go to https://au.gofundme.com/send-phoenix-to-italy.