McKenzie Heaney (2006-2010)
McKenzie is an ex-student at West Walker, who is an exceptionally talented footballer. As well as representing our school football team he would turn out for Walker Central FC outside of school hours. It was during his time at Walker Central under the tutelage of Brian Clark and Stuart Elliott that he was spotted by Newcastle United football club scouts. Perhaps it was the 20 goals McKenzie scored in one game that caught their eye!
Once he became part of the Newcastle United setup and has worked his way through the various academy sides impressing to the extent where he won the Jack Hickson Award in 2014. This award is named after the scout who discovered Alan Shearer and is awarded to only the promising Newcastle Academy footballers.
Soon international recognition came as his Newcastle performances dazzled clubs from all over the world at the illustrious Super Cup NI (formerly known as the Milk Cup). This tournament has been the springboard for many footballing legends such as Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Steve McManaman. McKenzie shot himself to fame during the Milk Cup in 2015 by finishing up with the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals in the competition. After representing Scotland in their youth team England soon came knocking. McKenzie decided to represent England and recently won Victory Shield.
McKenzie is a true West Walkerite and we salute him for his dedication and commitment to honing his football skills to ensure he can achieve his potential. He is a role model for all our students who aspire to be successful in whatever their passionate about. We hope to see McKenzie turn out for the Newcastle United 1st team in the not too distant future!