Hello my name is Callum Kennett. I am a year 9 student at Palmerston North Boys High School. I have been selected to take part in the Year 9 Development Programme for 2017 in Football and Cricket. I love sport and my passion is Football. I am a goal keeper. I also play cricket, rugby and basketball.
My goal for 2017 is to make the New Zealand Football National Talent Centre (NTC). From this I want to make the Phoenix Youth team and then one day go on to play for my country. I would love to wear the Silver Fern.
I know my mum & dad can’t afford the cost for me to attend the MSports Cup tournament in July so I am working hard to help raise the money needed to go, as I know this will really help me in my football goals. I have offered to family & friends to mow lawns, do gardening and any other house hold jobs inside & out. My mum and I are also going to do sausage sizzles outside our local New World. I am determined to make this happen and attend the MSports Cup 2017 in Sydney. The cost is $2890.
I appreciate any help you are able to offer me towards getting to Sydney to compete in the MSports Cup Tournament.
My passion for sport started at a really young age. My dad would play back yard cricket & kick the football around with me from as young as I can remember and things just went on from there. I moved through the grades until I was nominated by my coach at the age of 10 to trail for Central Football Manawatu Federation Talent Centre. In 2015 I made the 12th Grade Manawatu Federation Talent Centre Team, from this team I was fortunate to be selected in the Central North Island Federation Talent Squad in 2015. This team is made up from representatives from Poverty Bay, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu. This was a great jump in my footballing career. This team took me to Australia to compete in the MSports Cup playing against A-League academy teams.
I was then selected for the New Zealand Football National Talent Centre (NTC). Unfortunately it turned out I was a year to young to participate. I have again achieved selection into the Manawatu Federation Talent Centre u12 team and have been fortunate enough to make the Central North Island Federation Talent Squad for 2017.
It takes a lot of hard work and training and I am thankful for the time my parents and coaches put into me, it’s tough coming up against other players from other regions who are also all vying for a spot on the team. I practice twice a week and have game days once a month which we often have to travel out of town for.
Being part of the Central North Island Federation Talent Squad for 2016/17 means traveling to Australia to participate in the MSports Cup Tournament.