Football coach needs your help to get to Germany
THIS South Burnett football coach has devoted his life to coaching our future stars and now he needs our help.
Under-15s Barambah coach Callum Shute was one of six coaches at the Joeys Mini World Cup earlier in the year who was chosen to tour Germany.
The Germany tour will be an opportunity to learn from some of the world's greatest.
But the humble football coach said he wasn't sure why he was chosen as one of the standout coaches at the tournament.
"I've never been a competitive-minded coach,” Shute said.
"Honestly, I'm more interested in my players enjoying the experience.”
Shute said a good coach was someone who wanted the best for the players and was not just focused on the scoreboard.
"In my eyes a good coach is someone who takes the time to show the players and help them to improve their game,” he said.
"They make sure the players enjoy every minute.”
He said he wished he had spent more time enjoying the experience when he played.
"When I grew up, I never really stopped to enjoy being out on the pitch,” Shute said.
"I was always wanting to win.”
Shute's achievements are made all the more impressive as he was diagnosed early in life with autism.
"I believe it has made me a better coach,” he said.
"I grew up with autism so I don't know any difference.”
Shute is looking forward to coaching the Kingaroy Wests women's side next season.
"I have always seen the women's game as more interesting,” he said.
"I find the ladies have more technical ability.”
While the $1500 subsidy he received as part of his selection has been a good start, Shute is hoping the community will get behind him to help him get to Germany.
"It is definitely an expensive experience,” he said.
"We have to pay for flights, accommodation, travel around Germany and training sessions.
"If people can help out even just a little bit it would be much appreciated.”
Shute said he was extremely grateful to all who had already contributed to his cause.
"If I can go over there and pick the brains of some of the world's best and pass the information on to other coaches, then I've done my job,” he said.
To help Callum with his fundraising goal, visit his GoFundMe page.