A JUNIOR footballer from Woolgoolga is about to become a worldwide star courtesy of a documentary that will premiere shortly across the globe.
Kyle Wallace enjoyed the experience of a lifetime in April when he was selected as one of only 11 players from around the world to travel to Switzerland to train for a week as part of a new squad before playing a match together.
The experience not only climaxed in playing a match in Geneva as a curtain raiser to the Match For Solidarity which featured 32 of the greatest players to have played football in Europe, but he entire experience was also documented on film.
“There was a massive film crew and they basically followed us around all day every day 24/7,” Kyle recalled.
Click on the link to see the Eleven Campaign’s documentary trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBks0BwqnUg
Coached by a member of the Greek national team and expert assistants, Kyle admitted the task of preparing to play a match with 10 strangers had its challenges.
“I learned how to communicate because there were three kids that didn’t speak English at all so we had to communicate on the field and off the pitch with just football language basically,” the 15 year-old said.
Kyle started playing football with Woolgoolga when he was only six and after being a part of North Coast Football’s NPL program last year, made the move in 2018 to study and play football at the acclaimed Riverview College.
At the school the talented ‘keeper has taken his game to a new level with plenty of hard work as Kyle and his teammates train six times a week before their weekend matches.
“The college is big on sport but they’re massive on rugby and massive on football,” he said.
“I’m playing in the 15A’s and we haven’t lost in three years so they’re big on football.”
While he’s currently working hard on gaining selection in the NSW NPL team and becoming part of the Mariners’ Academy, Kyle still keeps in touch with his new found international friends via social media and video calls. Although he admits the time differences makes it difficult at times.
While their match in Geneva finished in front of a crowd of more than 20,000 people, Kyle said it was simply being on the pitch with his thrown together teammates that he enjoyed the most.
“Playing with everybody, it was really fun,” he said.
“Getting to know all their different playing styles from different countries, that was the most fun.”
The documentary is part of the Eleven Campaign. A UK-based non-profit organisation that aims to harness the unifying power of sport to promote equality, inclusion and cross-cultural collaboration.
When post-production work on the documentary is complete, it will be aired in Australia on Fox Sports and other means all over the planet.
An outcome that brings a smile to Kyle’s face.
“It’s kind of cool knowing that I’m going to be on TV around the world.”