Budding soccer starlet set to take on the world stage

2018-11-14 06:00
Jayda Smith posing with a soccer ball after practice. PHOTO: supplied

Jayda Smith posing with a soccer ball after practice. PHOTO: supplied

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SINCE the age of six, Jayda Smith and soccer have been an inseparable duo and now, with a dream tour of Europe knocking on her door, she finally has a chance to showcase her talent on the world stage.

A Grade 10 pupil at Carter High School, Jayda is excited to pursue her dream of being a soccer star following her selection for a European soccer tour after she wowed the crowd at a recent tournament in Howick, where she was crowned the goal scorer of the tournament and man of the match for one of her games.

“I have always loved playing soccer and always kept up with the boys by training three times a week.

“Since grade four, I have been taking this sport very seriously and hope to one day play for South Africa,” said Jayda, who added that her sport idols include Cristiano Ronaldo and Jeanine Van Wyk.

Having recently received her KwaZulu-Natal colours in soccer, Smith is hoping that the tour to Europe will be a sign of greater things to come as well as a learning experience.

“We will be attending various training conferences where we will be taught by some of the world’s leading soccer coaches and we will get to watch an Ajax Amsterdam match at their stadium,” said Jayda, who will be heading to France, Belgium, and Holland.

Smith’s mother, Precious Smith, spoke of her delight in her daughter’s opportunity to harness her talent by going overseas and said that she was trying her best to raise the funds necessary for her daughter to attend the tour. “We are hoping we can raise enough funds for her trip and are welcoming any assistance from the public in order to make this dream of hers come true,” she said.

Should any readers want to donate to the Smith’s they are welcome to contact Precious Smith at 073 314 5553.

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