Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lace Up, Kids, Barcelona Awaits You

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lace Up, Kids, Barcelona Awaits You

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Byline: Dave Kirkpatrick

IMAGINE rubbing shoulders with Thierry Henry of the Barcelona Football Club. That dream could become a reality for one lucky junior soccer player from the Far North Coast.

Ruben Della, Barcelona Academy's Middle East technical director, will be flying in this weekend to conduct trials at Weston Park, Goonellabah.

He is offering an all-expenses paid trip for one youth player, plus a guardian, to fly to Barcelona for five nights and seven days to train at the Barcelona Academy.

Della is looking to select one boy or girl from Australia, between the ages of 10 and 15, and will conduct further rials in Canberra and Sydney.

It's a major coup for Football Far North Coast as Lismore is the only non-metropolitan area Della has agreed to visit.

"It's great to have somebody with direct links to one of the pre-eminent football clubs in the world," FFNC general manager Steve Mackey said. "We have some absolutely outstanding boys and girls here. …

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