Futsal talents off to Brazil on the trip of a lifetime
THREE of the region's budding futsal talents will develop their skills on the sporting trip of a lifetime.
Matt Bond, Arlo Hook and Jack Conners will spend three months training in the sport's spiritual home of Brazil.
The trio, who were selected for their dedication as well as well as for their ability, will rub shoulders with other talented sports stars.
Vinnie Leite, head coach with FNC Futsal and director of coaching development for the organisation, which is running the trip, said the three had warranted their selection.
"We picked the kids who had a willingness to training, commitment and effort," he said yesterday.
"These three deserve to go.
"I couldn't be prouder of them and I hope they have a wonderful time."
The trio will spend the next few months learning basic Portuguese and preparing to travel to the south-east Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte in August next year.
Matt, of Wollongbar, Arlo, of Kyogle, and Jack, of Richmond Hill, will stay with the Minas Tenis Clube.
They will receive initial chaperoning from Brazilian Leite while staying at the club's giant complex housing talented sports stars.
As well as daily training sessions, the trip will include games against school teams and clubs.
Leite said he hoped the group would gain further insight into the sport, which is played by millions and is hugely popular in Brazil.
"This trip is a bit like an AFL-loving kid in Brazil coming to play for Fremantle," he said.
"I want the kids to see how futsal is taken seriously in other countries.
"Our objective is to contribute to the development and evolution of futsal in the area, as well as providing a cultural experience for the kids."
Leite said he hoped the trip would help the group develop their love of the sport.
"These kids want to be professional players," he said.
"I hope this trip helps them achieve that goal.
"I couldn't be happier for them."