Timaru Boys' football pair to play at tournament attended by famous England duo
Timaru Boys' High School footballers Cam Anderson and Mitchell Skudder-Dey will play in a tournament that once featured England and Manchester United players David Beckham and Paul Scholes.
The two football greats took part in the tournament, known as the Milk Cup in the early 1990s, and now Anderson and Skudder-Dey have been given the chance to follow in their boot prints after they were named in a Football South under-18 SuperCup squad that will tour Northern Ireland.
Current England players Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Ryan Bertrand have previously played in the tournament. John Woodall, the former Roncalli College footballer, now at King's High School in Dunedin, went on the trip last year.
Anderson, a striker, has been in prolific form for Timaru Boys' and is the men's division competition leading goal scorer with seven. Skudder-Dey has been the standout goalkeeper in the South Canterbury competition, making some superb stops and clearing the ball well.
He said the chance to play against some top footballers from Europe, and other parts of the world, would be an eye-opener.
"I can't wait to play against some very skilled opposition."
Skudder-Dey, who returned to Boys' High this season after a season of tutelage from Northern Hearts goalkeeper Matt Chambers, is happy with how he's been playing.
"I'm happy with my form at the moment and I'm enjoying my football."
Anderson, who has also attended National Talent Centre camps, said he was excited at the opportunity ahead.
"It's going to be a good challenge and hopefully I can do quite well over there.I just want to get over there and play."
Both endured a nervous wait to find out if they had made the squad.
"They were emailing you if you made the squad, and ringing you if you missed out, so we were glued to our computers waiting for the email and hoping we didn't receive a phone call," Anderson said.
The boys are away from July 15, and return early August. Some of their opposition will be English Premier League academy sides.
"It's going to be awesome coming up against them," Anderson said.
Both boys won places in the squad through standout efforts in the trials and acknowledged playing a game or two a day will be tough on the body.
Timaru Boys' High School first XI coach Cam Gibb was full of praise for the pair.
"I'm incredibly happy for them to get a chance like that to play football over there. We will definitely miss them while they're away as they're both fantastic players but it's too good of a opportunity to pass up."
Anderson's younger sister Ruby is also a talented footballer and attended a National Talent Centre camp in the April school holidays.