Tiger forward’s passion to find sporting balance
SPORTING gear deals are usually linked to big-name international players but athletic brand New Balance has a new approach when it comes to promoting product.
And in their search throughout six countries for the best grassroots footballers to be in contention for the New Balance Blackout Squad, one local player has made the cut.
A forward with the Coffs Coast Tigers, 21-year-old Mark Ifrah, was recognised by the brand for his skills, speed and passion for the game and has made it through the selection process to be one of 60 amateur players from around Australia to sign a contract with New Balance.
As part of this contract, Mark will be among the first to trial NB boots and gear, inspired by the practice of pro-footballers trialling blacked out boots when testing new product.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity; I've been playing soccer since I was four and I've gone through plenty of boots during the years," Mark said.
"Game day is the best day of the week.
"There's nothing like putting your boots on and getting out there on the field and playing your hardest with your mates.
"I'm really looking forward to trialling the New Balance boots to see how they perform."
Mark joins a talented shortlist of 60 players from across Australia in the running for the final 11 Blackout Squad team to join New Balance's impressive line-up of professional footballers, which includes Tim Cahill and Aaron Ramsey.
"I love the concept of the New Balance Blackout Squad," Cahill said.
"It's an initiative like this that can help provide the inspiration and drive for the future stars of football, giving them the professional experience and opportunity to connect with other like-minded grassroots players globally.
"The best way to improve yourself is by giving your all in training and games and NB will make sure the winners have all the right gear to make it happen.
"I'm excited to watch this group of rising stars and welcome them to team New Balance."