Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Learning from the Very Best

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Learning from the Very Best

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STUART TURNER

Sports editor

RUBBING shoulders with one of English footballas top goalkeepers and experiencing one of world footballas most famous stages.

Those are among the memories happy Michael Blackler can take from a dream overseas venture with the Red Lion Tour group.

The 15-year-old Wollongbar player travelled to Eng-land and Spain, training alongside other promising goalkeepers.

Along the way the players enjoyed a training session with Shay Given, who has been one of the English Premier Leagueas leading men between the sticks for more than a decade.

aIt was amazing,a Michael said. aI was nervous as I didnat want to stuff up in front of him, but I was excited as well. It was unbelievable to be up close to a player like that.a

Alstonville High School student Michael was invited after impressing with his skills.

The program aims to develop the talents of young players and allow them to experience the game overseas.

As well as enjoying high-intensity daily training spells, the players watched EPL matches and visited grounds. …

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