One youngster is flying to America to chase his dream of becoming the first Asian English international goalkeeper.
Junayd Vorajee has just finished an extended diploma in sport BTEC at Cardinal Newman College and now he is jetting off to Dallas as one of a handful of future stars plucked from across the country to join the Michael Johnson Performance Camp.
The 17-year-old from Frenchwood, Preston, hopes the trip across the pond will make all his dreams come true.
He said: “I was an overweight kid and I only came to goalkeeping late.
“It is not something that a lot of people from an Asian background go into.
“Now I have an unbelievable opportunity to achieve my dream of becoming the first British Indian professional goalkeeper.
Now I have an unbelievable opportunity to achieve my dream of becoming the first British Indian professional goalkeeper.Junayd Vorajee
“It is a unique ambition and means everything to me.
“To be able to go on this six-month training development program at Michael Johnson Performance Centre and FC Dallas is a massive step to achieving that.”
The talented youngster won national football talent competition ‘Search For An Asian Football Star’ back in November.
And now as he hopes to take his career to the next level he is being forced to part with a treasure trove of football memorabilia.
The youngster is selling a signed Wayne Rooney shirt, a signed Manchester United shirt and a football from the 2006 World Cup final to fund his dream trip.
He said: “I went to trials at St George’s Park to get this opportunity.
“The performance centre is funding half of the camp but I need to raise the funds another way.
“I don’t want to part with all of this football memorabilia.
“The United shirt was autographed by all of the team at Carrington Training Complex thanks to family friend Tomasz Kuszczak, who was number two goalkeeper to Edwin Van Der Sar.
“It is a personal gift and will be a wrench to lose but I have to so my dream can become a reality.
“I’d like to thank Saeed Patel, director at local self storage company Stor-It@Preston, Frank Street, Preston, for his generous financial support to help in my fundraising campaign.”
To find out more see: www.pledgesports.org/projects/professional-goalkeeper-football-fundraising/