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Alice in Wanderland

May 11th, 2021

Coffs Harbour schoolgirl and North Coast NPL representative Alice Webster is getting a gold standard football education.
The super talented 15-year-old has just been accepted into the rarified air of the Western Sydney Wanderers ‘Future Wander Women’ program.
It’s a gig where many came calling – 188 trialed for the opportunity, with just 34 selected.
“I was really excited and kind of surprised,” Alice said.
“It’s an opportunity to progress my skills and to get my name out there.”
The free 20-week training program is aimed at female participants aged 14-17 years.
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said: “In Linda Khamis and Libby Copus-Brown we have two coaches that understand the game, what it takes to make it to the W-League and what it takes to stay there.
“We are very excited to see how the players develop over the coming 20-week program and what they can take back to their club football too.”
For Alice and dad Colin and mum Suzanne – joining the Future Wander Women course brings some sacrifice.
There’s the travel every week to Sydney and back.
“We’ll drive down on the Wednesday morning and back up on the Thursday,” Alice said.
The first of 20 sessions is already in the bank – where the chosen players were given an introduction to all things Red and Black, followed by a one-hour training session.
Thankfully, Coffs Harbour High School where Alice is in Year 10 has given her a leave note for the Wednesdays she will miss as she chases the dream.
Her teachers will send the right back the subject matter so she can catch-up with study.
On top of all that, Alice will maintain her commitments to the North Coast NPL 15 side.
While her parents deserve a gold star and fuel vouchers for their support, Alice said she was also indebted to coaches Gary Phillips, Jason Snell, Darren Schafer and her current NPL mentor, Nathan Silvy, for their influence.
While the Wanderers camp is a dotted line pathway to potentially a W League start, Alice conceded she was a Brisbane Roar fan.
But the operative word is ‘was’ – as it’s Wanderers all the way now for the young charger from Coffs.
Photo: Alice Webster in her North Coast NPL shirt and brandishing a Western Sydney Wanderers jacket.

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