Joseph Knowles | Sport2021
Goalkeeper – St Peters School Cambridge, 1st IX Boys Football Team,
– Melville United FC, Hamilton, Premier Men’s’ Team
My passion is football. I started playing football when I was three years old. In 2017 I was competing in a Football tournament for my school at the AIMS games in Tauranga where I was scouted and offered the opportunity of a Football Scholarship at St Peters School in Cambridge. In 2018 I started high school as a fresh Year 9 student at St Peters School, during that year I was selected for the 1st IX Football Team and have represented this team ever since. This year (2020) I am Captain of the team
2019 was one of my most successful years. St Peters School 1st IV won three trophies – Waikato Secondary School Premier Winners, Waikato Secondary Schools Knockout Cup Champions and Waikato Secondary Schools Challenge Shield Winners.
As well as playing for St Peters School, I played club football for Bay Olympic Football Club in Auckland. In 2018 and 2019 I represented Auckland Football Federation at the National Age Group Tournament in Wellington. In 2019 I captained the U15 Auckland Football Federation team to a National title, was selected for the National U15 Tournament Team and won the Golden Glove Trophy for the best Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
I was also selected for the NZ U17 World Cup Training Squad in preparation for the 2019 U17 Football World Cup in Brazil. I narrowly missed out on the team selection being the youngest at only 14 years old. I am excited for this year as I am working towards selection in the NZ U16 Team to compete in the Oceania World Cup qualifiers to be held in Fiji, in 2021.
This year I am finally old enough to play in the Northern Premiership for Melville United Premier Men’s Team.
Being a good footballer takes a lot of hard work and determination, willingness to learn, to try new skills and a positive attitude. I see my key attributes as being a leader, I am hard working and always willing to learn and be coached and I always demonstrate courage.