Local boys take on China
SEVEN excited Coffs Coast kids leave home tomorrow on the football trip of a lifetime.
The young North Coast Football players and director of coaching Richard Evans will fly out of Sydney bound for the People’s Republic of China.
NCF publicity guru Terry Allen said their destination is the 2010 Sino-Australian Youth Football tour event.
“The tour is held annually for 14-year-old boys and draws players from across New South Wales,” he explained.
“Once they arrive the representative squad will play matches against the prestigious Chinese football academies in Beijing and Shanghai.”
The academies are specialist schools for talented Chinese footballers of high school age.
“In Australia, we are familiar with the concept of sports’ high schools,” Allen said.
“But in China, many schools are specific football academies, catering only for the development of the young footballers while they receive their normal education.”
There will be little rest for the touring party with the first match kicking off the day after the players land.
With most team members it’s a case of only having the flight over to get acquainted with one another.
“At 3pm on Friday, the Aussies will kick off against San Gao Football School A-team, with a match the following day against the B-team.
“On Sunday, game three will be against the Beijing Muslim School while Monday is a day off for seeing the sights, including a tour of the Great Wall of China.”
Game four will be played next Tuesday against the Xi Cheng Football School.
To complete the social side of the visit, the boys will enjoy two more days of sightseeing including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square before a final flight over Beijing.
Last game is on Friday, October 21, against Pudong Sports School before winging their way home the following day.
Meanwhile, NCF players and teams are urged to rush their nominations in for the Yamba Beach Soccer tournament.
To be played at Turners Beach on October 23-24, details and entry forms are available on www.beachsoccerassociation.com.au
Yamba is one of 13 east coast locations on the circuit with NSW titles at Maroubra on December 4-5 and a week-long national carnival at Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast from April 19 next year.