Aidan's loyal trek

Young gun: Aidan Milicevic at the Borussia Dortmund coaching clinic at Club Marconi on Thursday. Players were split into three age groups with coaches running a variety of skill-based activities. Picture: Simon Bennett
Young gun: Aidan Milicevic at the Borussia Dortmund coaching clinic at Club Marconi on Thursday. Players were split into three age groups with coaches running a variety of skill-based activities. Picture: Simon Bennett

There is dedication...and then there is Aidan Milicevic.

The 16-year-old is one of Club Marconi's budding football prodigies after linking with the club earlier this year. There is just one difference: Aidan lives in Canberra.

So three times a week his parents or grandparents would pick him up from school and head north on the Federal Highway for training at Bossley Park.

The 514-kilometre round trip would need to be completed a fourth time for games on the weekend.

Over the course of the 22-week season that equates to about 45,000 kilometres traveled. To put it in to perspective, a one-way trip from Sydney to London is 17,000 kilometres.

The striker certainly didn't have any jet lag. Originally asked to trial for the under-16s, Aidan played the first half of the year for the under-18s team before mixing his playing time with the under-20s.

In fact, it wasn't uncommon for Aidan to play in both teams, on the same day. His natural talent on the ball was rewarded when he was named the under-18s player of the year. He was also selected for the under-16 Australian Schoolboys team after a strong showing for the ACT at the National Schools Championship.

Aidan, who was also a member of the ACT under-15 National Futsal Championship winning team, was one of 140 kids that this week took part in coaching clinics hosted by Borussia Dortmund as part of their partnership with Club Marconi.

The Bundesliga giant ran the clinics for children aged 6 to 16 with potentially as many as four players being chosen to be taken back to Dortmund to trial.