An NPL player with the Maitland Football team, Jesse has a heart and smile as big as the ocean - with the only thing bigger being his desire to become better and work ethic to reach it. Jesse has made some phenomenal changes, and we could not be any prouder of him

Name: Jesse
Age: 13
Sport: Football (the real kind – a.k.a soccer)
Position: Centre Defensive Midfielder
Nickname: The Workhorse

How Long Have You Been Playing?
I’ve been playing football since I was five. So close to nine years

What Do You Love About Your Sport?
I love the friendships I’ve formed, and the constant challenge of increasing my skills. Mainly my ball handling skills

What’s Been Your Biggest Accomplishment So Far?
I just made it into the Maitland NPL Side!! So that for sure

What Drew You To The Academy?
I wanted to get stronger, both mentally and physically

What Do You Love About The Academy?
I love the challenges I face and the positive support I receive

How Has The Academy Helped You Improve So Far?
I feel that I am already stronger after such a short time

What’s The Biggest Mindset Shift You’ve Had Since Joining The Academy?
I’ve learnt to never, ever give up!

If You Could Be Any Superhero, Who Would You Be?
THE FLASH! Fast and athletic… yes please!

P.S: don’t let his FCB shirt fool you – he’s a die-hard Man Utd supporter – but don’t hold that against him