VCE student balances school with football with remarkable skill


Year 12 student, Noa, joined the VSV community this year. What makes him a little different from most VSV students is that he’s studying on the other side of the world as he pursues his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

Who do you play football for and in what league?

I play for a club called Hajduk Split in the Croatian first league. This is a team with rich history and high expectations. Currently I am playing for the second team, looking to make my professional debut in this coming year.

Highlights of the year so far?

The biggest highlight of this year includes creating history for my club by making the finals of the UEFA Youth League. We beat teams like Shahktar, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan. Other highlights include wearing number 10 on my back for the Croatian national team and representing them at the U17 European Championships in Hungary.

What is your dream career?

My dream career is no doubt a professional footballer. I love everything about football from the trainings, games, and traveling to the people and friends made along the way. Any other career path wouldn’t suit me. But, if I had to choose something else in another life, it would be sports-related such as a physio or a tennis player.

How many hours a week do you train for football?

The number of hours I train a week varies on our game schedule.   I train for around 20-25 hours a week during the season – including the game.

How do you balance your football career with school?

The balance for school and football is very tough. After a morning session I am often exhausted and just want to rest. But I use this time during the day to smash out some school work before the night session.

What do you like most about VSV?

What I like most about VSV is how it opens possibilities for so many students.

It would not have been possible for me to make the transition from Australia to Croatia without the care and guidance from staff at VSV.  They have supported me through this hectic phase of my life.

Which VSV values do you identify with most and why?

I think I identify most with the VSV value of Growth. VSV has helped me grow as a person by allowing me to pursue my passion on an international scale while catering for my educational growth. This has helped me grow physically and mentally through sports and studies.

What do you miss most about Australia?

I miss my cousins and friends the most. Other specific things I miss are the waves at the beach and the endless amount of golf courses!


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