Kyogle teen headed for Brazil to play futsal
FUTSAL has become a big part of life for Arlo Hook - and it's going to become a lot bigger very soon.
The 16-year-old will travel to Brazil later this year to show his skills as part of a FNC NSW Futsal scheme.
Kyogle-based Arlo hopes the trip, which will see him spend about three months playing alongside talented futsal players from the south American country, could be the launch to a possible pro career in the sport.
The Kyogle High School student has been practising about three hours a day to ensure he is in peak condition for the program.
"It's pretty much my life," he said with a smile. "I don't do much else.
"I'm really excited. I cannot wait."
Year 11 student Arlo started playing the fast-paced indoor soccer sport about six years ago after being introduced by a friend.
He was one of three FNC players - together with Wollongbar's Matt Bond and Richmond Hill's Jack Conners - chosen to travel to futsal-mad Brazil.
All three were selected after impressing with their skills and attitude.
They will be based in the south-east city of Belo Horizonte, where they will play alongside talented local players and enjoy regular matches.
"I think it will be a whole new level compared to what I have been playing in Australia," Arlo said.
"I think I will be a bit scared for the first couple of weeks, but I will enjoy it."
Dedicated Arlo also plays 11-a-side soccer, but said futsal was his main love now.
"I don't see Australia valuing soccer," he said.
"I think there's lots of people who cannot appreciate it, whereas futsal is a really exciting sport.
"I like how you are involved a lot more compared to other sports.
"It's a great way to keep fit and a lot of fun."