On the back of an intense week of training with the visiting Celtic FC International Academy coaches, Nerang’s own Charlie Dixon has been specially selected to head to Scotland later this year to participate in extensive coaching at the Celtic Academy headquarters.
Charlie will now be flown out to Scotland by the Celtic FC Academy in October where he will not only gain valuable experience and further his football acumen, but fall under the gaze of some of Europe’s top football selectors’ eyes in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
At the end of the Nerang Celtic Academy coaching clinic, Celtic coaches Graham Diamond and P.J. Corr were joined in Australia by colleagues, including Celtic Academy boss Tony Massie and specialist goalkeeping coach Steve Barber.
The Celtic coaches then held a follow-up 3-day elite camp in Brisbane, appraising and working with over 80 players from clubs across Australia and New Zealand.
In an impromptu ceremony on Friday night at the Nerang Clubhouse, Charlie was told of his selection and handed a Celtic jersey to commemorate his achievement.
Charlie immediately attributed his success to the support he gets from his team mates, thanking them for their support in front of a packed clubhouse terrace crowd.
He couldn’t hide his stoke at being offered this incredible chance.
“I’m really keen. I’m glad I performed at the camp, just so excited for the trip,” he said.
“We had training at Nerang with P.J. and Graham the week before and I got to know them there – I reckon they helped us alto along the way,” he added.
When asked if it was a tough challenge to keep up with two Celtic academy training camps back to back, Charlie conceded, “it was hard and we got quite tired, but we pushed through it.”
Charlie’s exceptional attitude coupled with his football abilities earned him the coveted spot on the team headed to Scotland – one of just two or three players to be chosen from the entire Australian Celtic visit.
“just so excited for the trip” – Charlie Dixon
It is understood also that the Celtic Academy was under no obligation to select any Nerang players for the prestigious trip, so this is purely testament to the efforts Charlie has put forward in recent weeks alongside dozens of players from multiple clubs and backgrounds.
The Celtic Academy is producing some of the best junior players in all of Europe at the moment, and currently have one of the top 3 Under 14 boys teams in Europe which features Karamoko Dembele.
The exceptionally talented winger is currently ranked as the number one 14-year-old in the world and reportedly has Spanish giants Barcelona, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea among the franchise teams that are chasing his signature.
Dembele made his debut for Celtic’s under-20 development team at just 13 years of age and has already represented Scotland in the national U16 representative team.
In what could be a trip to simply enjoy the opportunity or aim a little higher on the serious side of football aspirations, Charlie didn’t hesitate making his goals known to everyone.
“I’m going to try as hard as possible. Celtic is known for creating Champions League players,” he said affirmatively.
The club wishes Charlie all the best and we are all right behind him on the amazing journey!
We’ll keep everyone updated closer to the October date this year.