South Coast Baptist College student selected for Perth Glory National Youth League

Jayden Leader. Photo by Shelley Pearson.
Jayden Leader. Photo by Shelley Pearson.

PARMELIA football player Jayden Leader was honoured when he was selected for the Perth Glory National Youth League.

The under 21s competition features national teams such as Brisbane Roar, Adelaide, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.

At 15 years old, Jayden is one of the youngest players in the League.

A member of the South Coast Baptist College Football Academy, Jayden plays for Perth Glory’s under 18 team which won the NPL League last year.

He was also selected to travel to Singapore as part of the Perth Glory’s under 16 professional side to compete in the prestigious 7s JSSL Tournament. Glory came second, beating academies including Manchester United, Valencia FC and Liverpool FC and Fulham FC.

Jayden has played for Perth Glory for four seasons and has previously represented WA twice in the National Competition in Coffs Harbor.

He was selected to spend a week at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, playing at the National Training Centre Challenge.

All this success comes with many demands and a rigorous training regimen.

When at school, Jayden trains with the Football Academy, balancing these demands with his other training commitments. Jayden gets up at 5am four times a week and attends a Tuesday night gym session at McGillivray Oval in Perth. He starts training at 6.30am and finishes at 9.15am, before catching two trains to school for an 11am start. He also plays on a Saturday at Dorrien Gardens, as well as flying with the squad to play in other States.

Jayden said competing at this level takes a lot of dedication and commitment.

He said it was made possible with the help of supportive parents, friends and teachers.

“I am at a great school, with staff who help me juggle my football commitments and studies,” he said.

“With all this going on weekly, I don’t get much relaxation or family time, but sacrificing these things, as well as hard work and dedication to training, is what is needed to move forward in the sport I love.

“Getting contracted to Perth Glory Foxtel Youth League makes it all worthwhile.”

South Coast Baptist College director of football Stephen Posthuma said the college was proud of Jayden.

“Jayden’s achievements are not only a product of the quality coaching he has received, but more importantly, reflect his talent, hard work and determination,” he said.