Local boys go on Soccer Adventure
IT IS a dream of many young soccer players, but for these eight local boys, this dream has now become a reality.
Jake Hart, Mitchell Spreadborough, Alex Myers, Gareth Mason, Robert Day, Cameron Jury, Mitchell Guthrie and Sean Freney will now upgrade their local soccer games to play on international turf.
And it’s going to be one adventure they won’t forget.
The boys were invited to the UK Lifetime Soccer Adventure tour in the United Kingdom, which opened in London on Sunday.
And today the boys will head to the home of one of the leading soccer clubs, Manchester City, for a coaching clinic.
But that’s only the beginning. Throughout the two weeks they will have coaching and training sessions and play between 18 and 20 fixtures.
They will also watch four live games including Manchester City versus Arsenal, do tours of leading stadiums and also see the sights of Britain.
And although the tour isn’t competitive in nature, it does give the boys a slight taste of what it would be like to play soccer as a professional career.
Tour manager George Cowie said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and had been an annual event for the past nine years.
“It used to be in Germany, but with the British premier football league getting bigger and bigger, it now is in the UK,” he said.
And it will be an experience the boys will take with them forever, with the tour aiming to provide the young players with key elements that surround professional soccer in the European sphere.
“The players will go through a combination of things including playing five (representative) games.
“It will be a life experience,” Cowie said.
The boys will step up to play competitively in four games as the Queensland Indoor Super 6s against Scottish representative teams this Sunday.
The last day of their tour will be on December 3, when they will have their Christmas Lunch at the Warwick Castle before flying home.