PROMISING teenage footballer Jarrod Hyslop will have plenty of extra encouragement when he represents his state at the National Youth Championships for a second time.
The exciting Ipswich-bred Western Pride player has a terrific family support network cheering him on.
Mum Bianca is Western Pride's child protection manager, dad Kev is a tower of support and Jarrod's siblings Chloe and Will are always wishing him well.
Jarrod, 14, has been playing football in the Ipswich region since starting with Colleges United in under 6s.
He later had a stint with Lions where father Kev was coach.
The pair used to kick the ball around in the backyard whenever they could.
However, when the chance for Jarrod to play at a higher level locally came up, the Brassall-based Hyslop family seized on the opportunity.
Western Pride became an attractive option.
Jarrod was selected to represent the Ipswich region at under-12 level, being a part of Pride's inaugural season in the National Premier Leagues competition.
The central defender has remained with Western Pride since, progressing through the under-13 and under-14 ranks where he was chosen for the National Youth Championships last year.
Ipswich Grammar School student Jarrod again made the Queensland Metro team this year. He'll return to Coffs Harbour to compete a second time.
The state squad goes into camp on September 21, finalising their preparations for the championships starting on September 28.
While Jarrod continues his climb up the representative ladder, his seven-year-old brother Will is playing for Western Pride's feeder club, the Ipswich City Bulls.
Kev and Bianca are coach and manager of the side.
Jarrod and Will's 13-year-old sister Chloe has also inherited some special talents. The Ipswich Girls' Grammar School student spends her time with her music, mainly on the piano.
The Hyslop children all attended Blair State School, showing their strong local connection.
Dad Kev was impressed with the pathway Pride is offering in the region after attending the initial Western Pride information evening at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School.
His hope is that that local clubs come together and channel the players though Pride for more opportunities to have Ipswich and Western Corridor players representing the region at a higher level.
Jarrod is one of those players that dreams of playing at the highest level.
However, as proud mum Bianca said, "he has his feet firmly on the ground and always with a ball''.
Bianca's voluntary work as child protection manager comes as she studies a graduate diploma in secondary teaching.
She continues to assist and support the club with Kev wherever assistance is required.
"We are ground zero, first generation giving it a go,'' Bianca said, summing up her family's modesty.
She said being together at football provides quality family time.
Despite their busy schedules, the Hyslops make time and gain pride - Western Pride style - from helping others.