Futsal: Quartet off to Brazil
FOUR Far North Coast futsal players have been selected to attend a training program in Brazil.
Matthew Bond, Ezekiel Hodges, Isabella Rankin and Marc Scarlett fly out today and will stay and train with professional club Minas Tenis Clube.
"We are so grateful such a large opportunity is available to the players of this region," FNC Futsal technical director Vinicius Leite said.
"The objective of the program is to give our local players an insight into what life is like for professional athletes."
While away the players will be training twice a day, five days a week with professional players and highly experienced coaching staff.
The Minas Tenis Clube exchange program has been running for three years, with a total of 16 FNC players going to Brazil.
They will be part of the program for the next three months.
"When they return they always come back so enthusiastic about futsal from gaining the invaluable knowledge they received while overseas," Leite said
"The players are all very excited to have such a wonderful opportunity arise, they leave wanting to take futsal to the next stage in the hope that one day they are also professional players."
Futsal is growing at a rapid pace in Australia, being played now all year round, the FNC club has opened partnerships with clubs in Victoria , South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, Sydney, Brazil, USA, Solomon Islands, China and Italy.
"We are expanding our connections in order to fulfil the dreams of our players, Leite said.
"In August we are taking a team to compete in the USA World Club Championships."