2022 Teen soccer sensation takes first steps towards lofty career goals
19 Sep 2022
Ethan Ilic will travel to the UK in January for a trip of a lifetime. Photo: Melinda Jane.
When 15-year-old Ethan Ilic told his mates at Penola Catholic College that he would be playing football in the United Kingdom in January, they almost didn’t believe him.
“My friends at school were a bit surprised because they didn’t know I was that good at soccer,” Ethan told the Weekender.
The Year 9 student is so good at the ‘world game’ that he was recently selected by Global Football Network to tour the United Kingdom and join an extremely competitive team to play some of the biggest professional clubs in the football world.
On the two-week tour, the Warragamba resident will receive top level coaching and play against teams in his age group including Manchester United, Manchester City and Sheffield United. Ethan will also get to attend live games and tour iconic football stadiums throughout the UK.
The Hills United left winger was chosen for the trip of a lifetime by Global Football Network, who pride themselves on their involvement in creating pathways for aspiring footballers locally and abroad through their huge network of contacts.
“I attended a three-day holiday clinic near Parramatta recently, run by Global Football Network,” Ethan explained.
“A couple of scouts came over from England and they gave us all feedback. They ended up telling me I made it into a team over there. I was so excited.”
Ethan will travel with his family to the UK in early January where he’ll link up with his fellow lucky teammates as they take on the best young talent in world football.
“I think we’re playing seven or eight games during trip and, at night, we’ll all go and watch some Premier League games together,” Ethan said.
Ethan is a massive English Premier League fan, watching as many games as he can each week on his Optus Sport subscription.
The Manchester United supporter said he’d love to pursue a professional career in football one day.
“Definitely! I love watching soccer, players like Ronaldo, Messi – all of them,” Ethan said.
“I wouldn’t mind becoming a professional soccer player or playing over in England in the Premier League. That’s definitely a big goal for me.”
And if Ethan’s supreme talent and upcoming opportunity overseas is anything to go by, he’s certainly on the right path to achieving his dream.
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*PENRITH JUNIOR GOLF TEAM* Two of our students Kyle Armstrong (Year 10) and Zavier Button (Year 11) can be seen in Issue 343 of the Nepean News. Both students were part of the Penrith Golf Club team who entered into the NSW Encourage Shield Competition. Through the preliminary rounds they were undefeated and made it as far as the semi finals. This is an amazing achievement considering it was the first time playing in a tournament for most of the players. Well done to these students and the whole Penrith GC team! Nepean News Penrith Golf Club
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07 Dec 2022
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