Peter Skapetis - English Premier League recruit
Posted 15 March 2012
Peter Skapetis, a former Wesley student who attended the Glen Waverley campus for 13 years, was recently signed to a two and half year contract with English Premier League soccer club, the Queens Park Rangers.
The 17 year old was last year linked to English championship club Birmingham City, where he held an apprenticeship contract to the club. This involved training and playing with the Blues youth team while also going to school and working around the club.
Peter began at Wesley as a 3 year old kindergarten student, and thanks the school “..for making the grounds available to me over the years to train, as I am sure, this has been a contributing factor to my success.” He began representing Wesley College in the First soccer team as a Year 8 student, and says he made many friends at Wesley, both students and teachers, and holds many fond memories of his time here.
Peter trains 36 hours a week, Monday to Friday, and plays scheduled games every Saturday, with a recovery session the following day. “To give you a brief run down, training consists of plenty of ball work focusing on technique, which they place a lot of importance on in the English game, structured drills, set pieces and small sided games to enhance game awareness and sharpness.” A lot of importance is also placed on strength and conditioning, combining cardiovascular training and strength work. Peter hopes to further his education, majoring in Sports Science after he graduates.
Living away from his family and friends has been the greatest sacrifice and the biggest challenge about playing sport internationally, but he says "It's the hard that makes it great."
Peter aims to progress to the First Team for Queens Park Rangers in the next 12 months and hopefully one day soon, win an English Premier League title. He’d also like to play for Australia and captain the Socceroos to a World Cup Championship. “Wearing the green and gold and representing my country would be a great honour.”
Wesley congratulates Peter on his terrific achievement and looks forward to following him as he follows his sporting dreams.
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