East Maitland’s Isaac Collins will clash with some of the country’s best young football players this week as part of the NSW team competing at the Pacific School Games.
Collins gained selection into the NSW team after a series of strong performances while competing at the NSW primary schools football championships held in Inverell in August.
The 12-year-old East Maitland Public School student represented the Hunter team who finished the tournament as runners up.
Collins first started playing football with Maitland Junior FC before gaining selection into the under 9 Emerging Jets squad.
The budding footballer is now in his fifth season with the Jets development team.
He headed off to Adelaide for the Pacific School Games on Friday, with the NSW team to take on players from across the country over the course of the week-long tournament.
“We’re very proud, he loves his football,” mother Renae said of her son’s achievement.
The 10th Pacific School games will run until December 10, with 3000 primary and secondary school competitors aged from 10 to 19 expected to flock to Adelaide for the tournament.
The 2017 program comprises eleven sports: basketball, diving, football, goalball, golf, hockey, netball, softball, swimming, track and field and touch football.
The Pacific Schools competition aims to bring a higher level of competition to school student around Australia by exposing them to the best players their age nationally.