Taieri player selected for tour

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Talented . . . Mosgiel AFC and Taieri College footballer Raegan Potter has been selected for a United Kingdom development tour. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

A Mosgiel teenager is set to realise her dream of travelling the world and playing football after being hand-picked for an international tour.

Raegan Potter (16) was selected for a United Kingdom development tour while at the four-day West Ham Oceania Academy national camp in Sunshine Coast, Australia, last year.

“It’s always been kind of like a dream to travel the world and play football.

“[I’m] pretty privileged.”

The Taieri College year 12 pupil was one of about 480 footballers at the academy, including eight from New Zealand.

The academy involved “heaps of training”, fitness sessions and lectures in the evening, while being watched by coaches from England and Australia, and New Zealand coach Malcolm Fleming.

It culminated in a game, during which Raegan, who plays striker or centre-mid, scored two goals in her team’s 4-3 victory.

She said she was “honoured” to be selected in the international team, especially as it was the first all-girl’s team to take part in the tour.

She was “speechless” at the news, and pleased she made her family proud.

“That’s something I’ve always talked to them about, so to achieve that, it’s crazy.”

The team will tour London, Manchester, Scotland and Dubai in November for 17 days, training with different coaches and playing academy games.

They will also get to watch premier and championship league games, and get a tour of stadiums.

In the meantime, she is working hard to recover from an ankle injury and looking forward to getting back out on the field with her Mosgiel AFC and Taieri College team-mates.

She is in the Mosgiel women’s premier team, and is happy to call the club “home”.

“I don’t think I will ever, leave to be honest.”

She also trains year-round with the Dunedin Football Academy, coached by Fleming.

He said the tour was a “massive opportunity” for one of Mosgiel AFC’s “up-and-coming” players.

“It will be really good for her.”