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Seven year old selected in Australian football team

Date: September 25, 2018    Posted by: Megan Meineke

Sunshine Coast Grammar School Year 2 student, Daniel Dawes is the youngest player ever to be selected in the Bolton Wanderers International Football Programme Australian Advanced Team which will tour the UK later this year.

Two Australian teams have been selected to travel to the UK in October as part of the international program with players aged from 9-14 years old.  At seven years of age, Daniel will be the youngest player to make up the team and was selected ahead of hundreds of players across Australia.

“This is an incredible opportunity for young players to work with Bolton Wanderers Football Club and its full-time academy staff where they will play in academy fixtures with one of the premier football academies in the UK,” said Daniel’s dad, Paul.

“Over the past two years Daniel has attended the Bolton Wanderers International Football Programme at one of their training camps in Queensland with Danny Clarke (Head Coach of Bolton Wanderers International Football) and has been selected based on his skills, teamwork and individual attitude.”

Bolton Wanderers’ Academy has been ranked fourth out of all 92 clubs in English football as part of the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan.

In addition to this selection, Daniel has been invited to attend and stay at St George’s Park Training Facility which is the home of the England National Team where he will have three days to train and play under the guidance of the England FA Football Coaching Staff.

Daniel will also attend one Premier League fixture and two Championship fixtures, together with a visit to the facilities of 4/5 Premier League Clubs to round off his experience. In total he will be away for just over three weeks in October.

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