说到足球，ACG Strathallan的表现远远超过了它的重量. 不仅仅是一个, but two of the school's First XI players have been picked for the 新西兰 Secondary Schools Under 16 Football team, an elite squad comprising 25 of the country's most talented young footballers.
Jasdeep Basra(15分)和Jeremy Foo(14分)均入选, 用他们的技能和潜力给选择者留下深刻印象. 据ACG Strathallan First XI Boys Football教练Joe Hinds称, 这对搭档的入选标志着赛场上令人兴奋的未来的开始.
"If you imagine the size of the pool of players the 新西兰 selectors have to choose from, 这是一个巨大的成就,”乔说, who is also the Ricky Herbert Football Academy Development Manager for the Northern Region.
"Jeremy and Jasdeep have been recognised as two players with a high level of talent. 他们的故事才刚刚开始, 现在他们必须继续发展, 要有动力，并且愿意比别人更努力地工作."
Joe believes the boys' attitudes played a significant role in their selection.
“态度是基础. 两人都没有错过训练, 表现出学习战术的意愿，并相信自己的能力. Jasdeep is an exciting player to watch; he is great in one-on-one situations and is lightning quick. Jeremy is so calm and composed for such a young player and is technically rounded. Both bring great qualities in their role for the team, and they always put the team first."
ACG Strathallan's strengthening football programme has also delivered results far beyond expectations.
"Neither player is at a stereotypical 'big' club or school in terms of football reputation, 所以我认为对于他们来说，打破这一障碍是一个伟大的成就, and also a reward for Strathallan for the support they've given their football programme. Unfortunately, our vice-captain David Grey missed the 新西兰 trial due to injury. 如果他能参加的话, I have no doubt we would be talking about three ACG Strathallan players being selected."
“我要感谢我的队友和教练，尤其是乔, as he has given me so many opportunities and taught me so much over the years."
And although Covid-19 has scuttled the 新西兰 squad's plans to play against Australia and the Cook Islands, 杰里米认为，未来仍有大量令人激动的机会.
“能和球队一起训练和踢球，我感到很兴奋, 我希望能从教练那里学到很多知识. The thing I love most about football is the competitiveness and the way you feel after a good training or a tough win. 你和你的团队建立的纽带对我来说也很重要."
11年级球员Jasdeep, building his football skills and having the chance to prove himself against a higher level of competition is an exciting prospect.
“我真的很享受运动的竞争,”Jasdeep说, who has also played for Counties cricket and Counties touch rugby and has previously qualified for Auckland Athletics.
被教练海因兹形容为“非常谦逊但独特的球员”, Jasdeep started as a defender for ACG Strathallan's First XI before being changed to an attacker – a position he thrived in.
Adds Jasdeep, "I've learnt a lot over the last few years from my football coaches. 乔给了我很多鼓励, taught me a lot about my position and always pushed me to be a better player."