Goalie excited for London trial trip

London-bound: Twelve-year-old Harry Peters is flying to London to train with West Ham coaches and attend EPL games. Picture: Simon Bennett
London-bound: Twelve-year-old Harry Peters is flying to London to train with West Ham coaches and attend EPL games. Picture: Simon Bennett

He’s only been goal-keeping in the first division for a year, but Harry Peters is going places.

Specifically, he’s going to London.

The 12-year-old Mount Annan boy was selected to travel with a group of other Aussie youngsters to trial and train with West Ham United FC, a successful English Premier League club.

Harry has never been overseas before and he is looking forward to his trip later this year.

“I’m excited to trial with some of the big coaches,” he said.

“We also get to go to one of the biggest stadiums in the world – Wembley.”

The Elizabeth Macarthur High School student said he was overwhelmed when he found out he’d been selected to travel.

“I woke up in the morning and Dad had texted me that I’d made it,” he said.

“I just burst out of bed and ran around the house screaming ‘yes, yes, yes’.”

Harry’s dad, Jay Peters, said his son had to work extremely hard to earn his selection.

“From 13 regional zones around Australia, 350 kids were selected to go to Queensland for a national clinic,” he said.

“About 4000 kids trialled to get to that stage. Harry was one of about 50 selected to trial in the UK.

“He had to go up against around 20-15 other specialised goalkeepers to get there.”

Peters said it was his son’s ability to read the plays that really made him stand out.

Harry is also proud of his best talent.

“I love knowing how a play’s going to shoot,” he said.

“I used to be a striker before I become a goalie and I know what they’re thinking.”

The St Mary’s Eagle Vale player hopes to take his soccer career all the way to the EPL, but he also has dreams of playing for Australia.

His favourite player is Manchester United goalie David de Gea.

The Peters’ are fundraising to help pay for the trip to London.

One ticket costs $7500, and both Harry and his dad will be travelling.

Harry has already raised more than $150 with the return and earn bottle scheme.

There is also a GoFundMe page set up.

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