Squad tests British football

A GROUP of young footballers from this region has grasped an opportunity of a lifetime with both hands.

A squad of young players from Queensland has taken off for a two-week tour of Britain that is totally football orientated.

Almost from the moment the players arrived in London, mid-afternoon last Saturday, the group became immersed in football.

Phil Trovato, father of squad member Alex from the Bluebirds club, said the footballing itinerary began less than 24 hours after the squad's arrival at Heathrow Airport with a game at the training ground of Charlton Athletic.

That game was played on Sunday and the Queensland side proved competitive, winning 3-2.

For Alex Trovato there was one pleasant side as he was named as the captain of the team.

Trovato said that during the two weeks they are away, the squad, which includes Trovato, Rene Teteroo, Josh Cook, Michael Drew, Michael Ryan, Michael Hitchman, and Brodie Allan, has a little time for sightseeing, but the main emphasis of the tour is to expose them to footballing hotbeds like Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Among seven matches games against an Everton team, Manchester United Academy (under-15s) and a Scottish team. Apart from getting a taste for the passion of the game in the UK the players will also train at a number of top clubs and spend two hours at a coaching clinic run by former Liverpool great Kevin Keegan and there's even the possibility of meeting Tim Cahill when they visit Merseyside.

In charge of the Queensland party is well respected coach George Cowie, technical manager of Football Queensland (FQ), while his second-in-command is Alan Kershaw the FQ development officer for Far North Queensland.

The squad returns to Australia on December 11.

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