Ten students of ISIK College in Broadmeadows are preparing for an international soccer tournament in Brazil next year.
After its success in the Vikings national futsal championships in Brisbane in September, the school’s under-16 team has been selected to take part in the Centre of Excellence tournament in Brazil.
The team was undefeated in its age group, winning all eight games in Brisbane.
In Brazil, the students will compete against teams from all over the world and will also have an opportunity to tour the nation and train there.
Assistant coach Ferhat Gurkan expects new challenges for the team.
“The challenges the boys can face in Brazil are that people who live in Brazil play football all the time,” he said.
“The game style will be very different and technical. The Brazilian football style is one of the best in the world. It will be a great experience and learning curve for our students and they will have the chance to witness the best in the world.”
Mr Gurkan said the players were excited about the tour.
“The boys are very enthusiastic about going to Brazil.
“They have been excited about it ever since [they found out] and have already started to save up for this trip.
“We’re very pleased with the students’ achievements and it has been a remarkable and unforgettable experience, not just for them but for the whole school.”
He said the team,which had been playing soccer for 10 years, practised three times a week.
“All the team’s parents encouraged the children to start soccer at an early age so most have been playing soccer for the past 10 years.
“All these boys have been playing together since primary school and have won many championships ever since.”
The team will play in Brazil from August 2-20.