Sport Institute beckons

Bright future: Football player Jordan Holmes has been invited to attend a goalkeeping program at the Australian Institute of Sport. Picture: Anna Warr
Bright future: Football player Jordan Holmes has been invited to attend a goalkeeping program at the Australian Institute of Sport. Picture: Anna Warr

A RELATIVE newcomer to goalkeeping, Jordan Holmes looks set to make his mark on the football field.

The 14-year-old former striker took to the goals just last year and hasn't looked back.

In his rookie year in the position he was signed by the Youth Premier League Club, the Rockdale City Suns, as their under-15's goalkeeper.

His performance and dedication in the role meant Jordan was invited to attend a four-day goalkeeping program at the Australian Institute of Sport next month.

"I was shocked when they invited me; I thought there must be better keepers than me," Jordan said.

"The coaches at Rockdale saw me improve and were telling me I deserved it and it is huge to have the experience only 12 months into goalkeeping."

Jordan said his main priority is to make it into the AIS, but failing that to learn as much as he can to bring back to his team in Rockdale.

A natural sportsman, Jordon played representative baseball for four years but recently made the switch back to football, hoping for a bigger future with the sport.

"I found myself thinking about soccer when I was playing baseball," he said.

"Soccer is where my passion is, and where your passion is is where you are supposed to go."

To play at his best Jordan follows a seven-day fitness and training schedule.

Making it all possible are proud and dedicated parents, Sharon and Tony Holmes.

"You always just want to support your kids in whatever it is they love to do," Mrs Holmes said.

"And when they excel like this it is just a bonus."

Jordon hopes to one day be signed with a Premier League club in the UK, and said he would work hard to make this dream come true.

News last week of the death of trainer and selector Keith Hemmings shocked Jordon and his family.

"I owe where I am now to him, because he saw potential in me and wanted to train me," Jordan said.

"I'll be playing for him so people can hopefully see in me what he saw."