Soccer stars prove endless possibilities with state selection

REPRESENTATIVE: (back) Jessie, Josh, Logan, (front) Matty, Blaze, Kyan and Dacoda from the Port Augusta United Football Club.
REPRESENTATIVE: (back) Jessie, Josh, Logan, (front) Matty, Blaze, Kyan and Dacoda from the Port Augusta United Football Club.

Seven young soccer stars will take to the pitch in locations around the country, and internationally as they strive to put Port Augusta on the map.

The Port Augusta United boys have been scouted by the Christian Football Federation to represent their state at the Australian National Soccer Titles in Brisbane.

Three of the boys have also been given the opportunity to train with the Valencia International Soccer Academy in Spain, with the possibility of being chosen for further opportunities.

While all the boys will represent in different age groups, they have been playing together as a team in Whyalla for the past five years.

Proud parent Kylie Kessner is thrilled for her son Dacoda and the rest of the team.

"Just watching them grow is unreal and just realising how far they have actually come," she said.

"We are all super proud of them and its a very good experience for them all. Hopefully it will get them further on in life with their soccer careers because I know they all live for soccer."

The opportunity of a life time comes with a hefty price tag, the cost of sending all seven boys has been tallied at nearly $50,000.

Kylie and the other parents have been fundraising over the past few months and are grateful for the ongoing support of the community.

"The Port Augusta community has been amazing," she said.

"We have been doing lots of fundraising through barbecues, lucky squares, raffle tickets and the community has donated a lot of goods for raffling, a lot of money. It's just been outstanding the support they have shown these kids."

The group are holding a Late Night Shopping Market this coming Thursday at the Salvation Army.

All proceeds will be put towards the ongoing cost of sending the boys to the Australian National Soccer Titles in Brisbane.