Lachlan Milan (Year 7 Franklin) was selected from hundreds of hopeful candidates trialling Australia wide for the Pro Futsal Top 12 Experience. This program is delivered by expert coaches such as Xavi Closas the coach from FC Barcelona Futsal and Sergio Gonzalez, ranked fifth Futsal player in the world.
The Experience offers 10 players and two goalkeepers, each from four age groups, the unique opportunity to come together, train, compete and live like a professional Futsal player in Barcelona! Players are given the unique opportunity to put into practice the concepts learned each day during skills competitions and matches against competing teams from Spain, Brazil and the United States.
Lachlan completed over 15 hours of training over the week, including evening video analysis sessions and played games against each of these overseas teams in friendlies and a final tournament.
Lachlan was most excited dressing in his 'Aussie' team kit for the first time and in their first game, which was against Spain, he was the only player in the team to score a goal and received much attention. Over the course of the week we received fantastic feedback on him from the coaches and they are writing him a personal reference.
We were very proud at the final dinner awards night when Lachlan was selected for the Ambassador Award from his Australian team. The Award was presented to the player who Pro Futsal felt would best represent the sport to others, and show the high level skills and attitude that makes a great player.
Over the week Lachlan was exposed to many sport leaders such as Xavi and Sergio, but he also met Leo Santana of Barcelona Futsal and also Ricardinho of Movistar, (the number one Futsal player in the world). As part of the trip Lachlan was also taken on interesting tours of Barcelona. He also saw Barcelona play live and Inter Movistar, one of the top Futsal teams in the world.
A short movie here as the Australian team walks out to play against Brasil.