AT just 12 years old, former Kwinana United soccer player Jayden Leader is chasing his dream of playing professional soccer.
The current Perth SC winger has been chosen to play for and co-captain the WA U12s state school team that will travel to Adelaide for the Pan Pacific Games later this week.
As well as representing his state at school level, Jayden is also a part of Perth Glory’s youth development program.
“Soccer has become a big part of my life. I feel very fortunate to play at a high standard and strive every day to become a better player,” he said.
“It was quite an honour to be picked by Perth Glory, especially with so many great players around WA… I also feel very proud to represent WA this year in Adelaide…”
However, Jayden is not just scoring goals on the pitch, having been awarded a full-tuition soccer and education scholarship at South Coast Baptist College in Waikiki.
Parents Kevin and Ethel Leader said it was satisfying seeing their son achieve, especially after running him to as many as four training sessions a week.
“We’re extremely proud and we get great satisfaction in seeing all the hard work and dedication that Jayden has possessed,” Mr Leader said.
“The driving in the peak-hour traffic (to and from training) is horrendous, but nevertheless it is all worthwhile.”