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Declin Spain-bound for soccer

Wednesday, 4th March, 2020

Fifteen-year-old Declin West is preparing for his first overseas trip - to Spain to play in the Under 16 CFANA National Soccer Team. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Fifteen-year-old Declin West is preparing for his first overseas trip - to Spain to play in the Under 16 CFANA National Soccer Team. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Local soccer talent Declin West is travelling to Spain this month to represent Australia. 

Declin has been playing soccer his whole life and will expand his resume when he plays for the Under 16 Christian Football Australia National Academy’s Soccer Team.

He became involved in the CFANA team after the National Director came to Broken Hill to hold training sessions and trials last year for the South Australian State team for the National Titles. 

Declin was selected as Vice-Captain for the team that played in the National Titles in Brisbane. 

As for the international trip, Declin was selected before the National Titles had even been played due to his  performances at training. 

He and his brother Tyler, who was also selected in the SA team, were travelling to Adelaide once a fortnight to train for the National Titles. Since November last year Declin has been training twice a week to get fit and ready for Spain. 

Declin will play five games, mostly against Spanish teams but also against the New Zealand National Team. He will also get to visit professional stadiums as part of the trip. 

Declin and his father Chris are heading to Spain on March 23 for a fortnight.  Chris, as the Junior Development Officer of the Broken Hill Soccer Association, will be partaking in a coaching clinic. 

The family thanked George Bugeja, the West Panthers A Grade Coach and President of the Broken Hill Soccer Association, and Zane Kemp, West Panthers A Grade Captain, for their support and training for Declin. 

They also thanked the local community and businesses for assisting in their fundraising efforts over the last four months.

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