Jeffrey Lightfoot, 15
Captain of the YOG Singapore Soccer team.
How did you get started in your sport?
My dad is a Liverpool fan and he brought me to my first game at Anfield with I was about three years old. From there I just got hooked onto the sport. So I played with my dad, and then eventually started playing competitively at 7 years old.
How do you think the team will perform at the YOG?
We’ve been training hard for the past few months, so we’ll give it our best shot and see how we go.
What are you most looking forward to at the YOG?
Well, there’s plenty of action going on, but I’m also looking forward to making new friends and discovering new cultures.
You boys have been working hard to get ready for the YOG, what’s your training schedule like, as you start to prepare?
It’s much more intensive now and we’re training up to five times a week, so it’s practically every day. Some days we do more tactical training, which is where we learn how to move and play together as a team.
What advice do you have for aspiring youth athletes?
You just have to do your best and never give up because you never know when an opportunity will come your way. Sometimes it’s partly luck but you always have to work hard too.
There are quite a number of sports happening during the Games, which ones will be following?
I think practically everything! But I do like watching tennis, and I’d like to watch the springs happening at the track and field events.
Let’s think ahead now – where would you like to see your sporting career going?
My ultimate dream is to play professional football, probably overseas. Anywhere will do but playing for Liverpool would be great!
Find out more about the sports happening at the YOG here!