Jarred McKinley receives Global Football Network scholarship

Talent: Cecil Hills High School student Jarred McKinley has won a scholarship to travel to the UK and experience living like a professional footballer. Picture: Simon Bennett
Talent: Cecil Hills High School student Jarred McKinley has won a scholarship to travel to the UK and experience living like a professional footballer. Picture: Simon Bennett

At the moment Jarred McKinley lives like any other normal football-obsessed 16-year-old.

School, training, more training, playing games, watching his heroes on television, eat, sleep and repeat.

But come October the Cecil Hills High School student will be living like a professional footballer.

The centre back recently won a Global Football Network scholarship to travel to Manchester to experience living like a professional footballer.

He will train with academies and work along side some of the best coaches to gain exposure to what it takes to make it to the top level.

"It's very exciting," he said. "There was a trial with a EPL scout and more than 50 players, so to get selected was a shock."

Jarred was a key member of the Sydney United 58 under-18s team that finished third this season. He also played games in the under-20s team.

The scholarships caps a big year for the year-11 student who earlier this year represented the Australian Schoolboys team in England.

His strong performance against academy teams from across the United Kingdom led to an invite to the UK Showcase Identification Clinic.

"I'm looking forward to training like a pro and living like a pro. It will be a great experience," he said.

"As a Manchester United fan I might try to see a game too."