Two young local Fort St. John soccer players have been selected to be part of a Grande Prairie U15 team that will be heading overseas for 14 days, from July 1-14 2019.
Brock Schroeder, 14, and Aiden Korfmann, 12, will head off the Italy and Spain to participate in training, exhibition games, and the Donosti Cup Tournament in San Sebastian, Spain, which hosts teams from more than thirty counties. The boys will represent the Fort St. John area alongside twelve other soccer players from Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Korfmann says he is looking forward to this amazing opportunity of playing overseas in a very competitive atmosphere with motivated players. He believes the training sessions with the international coaches and the experience he'll gain will be something he will take with him for the rest of his life. Aiden said the heat at that time of year in Italy and Spain will be challenging to play in, and will push his endurance and stamina.
Schroeder said the trip to Italy and Spain will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the game of soccer on a whole new level. The exposure to playing international teams and players, along with pro-coaching sessions, will further develop his skills. He's looking forward to becoming an ambassador for Fort St. John and Canada.
Chris Morgan, the coach of the GPRC men's and women's soccer teams and former Fort St. John resident, will accompany the boys as coach of the team. He now resides in Grande Prairie and is the GPRC head Coach for the men and women’s soccer teams,
The boys agree this experience is something they will never forget and are counting down the days until summer already. Korfmann is currently playing soccer with the U15 Fort St. John Northern Strikers, and Schroeder with the U15 Grande Prairie United.
Both Schroeder and Korfmann are seeking financial support to help them and the team make the trip, and any help would be greatly appreciated.
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